Adobe Lightroom Noise Reduction Techniques

Hi, its been awhile since I posted a video blog, lightroom technique.
I get asked an awful lot about noise reduction techniques and how to implement them.

So I thought that I would share with you how I approach the situation.

Here is a before and after screen grab from Adobe Lightroom to show you just how powerful this technique can be.

 

Before on the left at 100% enlargement of the diver in the shot, and the after picture on the right showing how powerful Adobe Lightroom can be, salvaging something at least, from what would previously be a shot only worthy of the trash.

Before on the left at 100% enlargement of the diver in the shot, and the after picture on the right showing how powerful Adobe Lightroom can be, salvaging something at least, from what would previously be a shot only worthy of the trash.

 

 

I’ve deliberately used a very high ISO shot. At 8000 ISO I would have normally given up, with light levels so low, however I wanted to see how good the image stabiliser was in my Olympus OMD EM 5, so shooting almost wide open at f4.5 on my Panasonic 8mm fisheye, I was reduced to a 1/25 second handheld inside this Cenote producing what I knew would be a very noisy grainy shot.

Noise and grain tends to show up much more in the shadow areas of your shots too, so this was the best example I could find of pushing the camera and Adobe Lightroom to the absolute limits.

This is in no way the only way to approach noise reduction in software, and there are many techniques. This is my way using Adobe Lightroom’s Detail tab, which I tend to use most often. I urge you to take a bunch of noisy and not so noisy shots, and play around with this technique to give you the best results for you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Regards

Duxy