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Canon 60D - Grainy At ISO100?  
User currently offlinedc10tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

I've been using a 60D for two years and been generally very happy with the results. I've done little in the way of aviation photography in that time however, where I'm pointing the camera at a relatively uniform sky. On some recent edits from the last 12 months or so I'm noticing that they are more grainy that expected, even with the ISO set at 100. Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon?

Could it be down to the amount of in-camera sharpening being applied? Generally I leave the camera in the 'Standard' picture style. Should I be shooting in 'Neutral', or reduce the amount of sharpening in 'Standard'. The default setting here is 7 (whatever that means).

Any thoughts are welcomed.

Regards,
Tim.


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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5500 times:

I like a bit of in-camera sharpening if I'm honest, but only +2 or 3. +7 is a bit over-the-top, and certainly won't help with noise.

I've heard no 'horror stories' regarding the 60D's noise performance, so I imagine it's either something you are doing wrong or you are being too critical of your own images.

Karl


User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2879 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5485 times:

Quoting dc10tim (Thread starter):
Any thoughts are welcomed.


Maybe a sample photo or a portion of one would be useful so people can see the level of noise you're perceiving? How's the exposure on the ones where you're seeing noise at low ISO? A uniform blue sky, especially if there's any underexposure or where there's high contrast will tend to yield noise and if you're dialling in +7 in camera sharpening, that'll probably result in it being emphasised. I keep in camera sharpening set to +3 (default) on the 50D's as I'd prefer to control that in post rather than let the camera do it.

Darren



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9769 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5436 times:
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Quoting dazbo5 (Reply 2):
I keep in camera sharpening set to +3 (default) on the 50D's as I'd prefer to control that in post rather than let the camera do it.

Same here, though I keep it to +4 in-camera. That's usually sharp enough for the RAW file, and any further sharpening is done on the resized JPEG.

Tim, are you shooting RAW? If so, whatever value you have your in-camera sharpening set to is rather academic, as you can change it in post anyway.

My 50D produces great, low-noise images at ISO100, 125, and 160, provided I don't underexpose. I haven't heard much about the 60D's noise performance, good or bad, but I'd assume with 18 MP on a 1.6x sensor will yield some noise, similar to the 7D.



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User currently onlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4764 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5417 times:
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Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 3):
Tim, are you shooting RAW? If so, whatever value you have your in-camera sharpening set to is rather academic, as you can change it in post anyway.

   Because I shoot RAW, I crank in camera sharpening all the way up for LCD viewing and change it in post.



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User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 1624 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5386 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 3):

My 50D produces great, low-noise images at ISO100, 125, and 160, provided I don't underexpose. I haven't heard much about the 60D's noise performance, good or bad, but I'd assume with 18 MP on a 1.6x sensor will yield some noise,
similar to the 7D.


That's what I'm suspecting may be the cause as well. When I switched from a 40D to a 7D, I found the latter to be much less forgiving of underexposure.



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User currently offlinedc10tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5339 times:

Thanks for your responses guys. Here's one I have in the upload queue at the moment, which although isn't the worst I've taken recently in terms of grain, the sky is still grainier than I'd have liked:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/j1362310688.7017gbyat020313man1200.jpg

I'll try reducing the in-camera sharpening and see if this makes a difference.

Regards,
Tim.

Edit: I forgot to add - I'm shooting in large jpeg, for no other reason than convenience.

[Edited 2013-03-04 04:33:40]


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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9769 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5315 times:
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I see a bit, but not the worst I've seen by any stretch of imagination. I'd personally be fine with it.

I always find those gray skies show more noise than I'd like.



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User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3048 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5175 times:
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Hello Tim.

Sorry I missed you on your last trip to Manchester.

I use the neutral setting on my 50D, and also manually set the parameters to zero - effectively minimising the 'editing' that the camera does to a jpeg image. This way you maximise your control of jpegs in post-processing. Your photo looks pretty good to me, but you always have been a strict judge of your own images   .

As ever, if you want me to look more closely at any particular image, feel free to send anything along.

Hope to see you again round these parts soon, and enjoy your trip to Russia.

Paul


User currently offlinedc10tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5133 times:

Thanks for your further responses guys. Paul - I'll drop you a line in the very near future.

Ughh - it would seem the sceeners think the grain gremlins have been at this one too, which was rejected yesterday:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/rejections/big/20130306_d1361738797.801csttg220912man1200.jpg

I'm really not sure what to do going forwards when shooting in low light. Does anyone routinely undertake any grain removal during editing???

Regards,
Tim.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9769 posts, RR: 27
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5122 times:
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I see a bit of noise in places, but nothing too bad.

Quoting dc10tim (Reply 9):
I'm really not sure what to do going forwards when shooting in low light. Does anyone routinely undertake any grain removal during editing???

If necessary, yes. Usually just selectively on areas that are showing noise (typically shadows). If I'm shooting at ISO160 or below, I don't usually need it.



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User currently offlineckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 730 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5111 times:

It seems the days of silky smooth images are gone, lost in the quest for ever higher pixel counts - at least with Canon sensors.

Even my wonderful 5D3 has a "texture" in blue skies at 100 ISO (barely discernible, but there) which didn't exist with my original 5D. Of course it is in a different league to the old camera at high ISO.

The old adage "there's no such things as a free lunch" holds true here. I was reviewing some old D60 images the other day, and they are stunningly 'clean'.

But I think some modification of technique can help compensate. With earlier DSLRs we learnt through trial and error that overexposure was the big taboo. Blown highlights just ruined images. So we tended to be conservative with exposures and boosted the shadows & midrange in PS.

With the 7D, I found this didn't work so well. Underexposure + PS boosting = serious noise problems. On the other hand, I think current Canons handle overexposure a little better, so I have found the being a little more generous in the exposure works pretty well and goes a long way to addressing noise issues.

Put another way, where I used to expose for the highlights, now I'm exposing for the shadows. What I don't know of course is whether this is due to different sensors or a change to Canon's metering. It would be interesting to compare a series of exposure readings from, say a 30D or 40D and compare it with the 60D.

I should stress that the difference in exposure is quite small - where I previously used -1/3rd exposure compensation I might now use +1/3rd.

Cheers,

Colin



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5110 times:

I honestly can't see any problematic grain in that TAP image. How long is it going to take to drill home the fact that grain is supposed to be there - it is what makes up EVERY photograph.

If you seek to eliminate any visible grain you at the same time seek to eliminate the photograph itself. Fact: photographs will ALWAYS contain grain, regardless of how much NR you apply.

Karl


User currently offlinedendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1662 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5106 times:
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Quoting dc10tim (Reply 9):
Ughh - it would seem the sceeners think the grain gremlins have been at this one too, which was rejected yesterday

Tim
I don't find the grain bad on that image and I am sure it would not have been rejected for that alone but there was another reason too, not just grain and I do agree with that !

Mick Bajcar


User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5085 times:

Quoting dendrobatid (Reply 13):
there was another reason too

Flat colours/contrast?


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9769 posts, RR: 27
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5083 times:
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Quoting JakTrax (Reply 14):
Quoting dendrobatid (Reply 13):
there was another reason too

Flat colours/contrast?

Looks oversharpened in parts to me; maybe due to slight blur or haze? Although now that you mention it, it does look a bit dark and/or flat.



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5077 times:

Possibly a tad oversharp in parts but I can't see any blur. Certainly won't be haze as this spot is very close to the taxiway. This aircraft also arrives at around 1600 and it's been bloody cold at MAN at that time this past few months.

User currently offlinedc10tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5066 times:

Yes Mick, you are quite correct. Obviously I have no idea who screened that shot, but it was also rejected for "yellow/green cast". I'm not disagreeing with the rejection per se, and a colour cast is obviously fairly straightforward to correct, I just used this as an example of a "grainy" rejection, typifying the problem I have. The light conditions at MAN weren't brilliant last weekend (dare I say it as is often the case  )

This shot was also rejected for grain, as well as low contrast:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/rejections/big/20130306_k1361736534.3685cstft220912man1200.jpg

In fairness I expected this one to be something of a punt. Taken, for those of you that know MAN, with a 24-105 lens from the Viewing Park, taking off from 23R.

It's interesting to hear the comments about sharpening, which takes me back a few years to when uploading my first images to this site. The TAP A320 on my home 17" LCD screen looks perfect in terms of sharpening, but on my work 19" screen looks soft. On the two laptops I use it looks horrendously oversharpened. So I'm aware of the differences between screens. Generally I prefer "larger and softer" images to many which are uploaded.

Thanks again,
Tim.



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