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Post Production Tips

A Few Simple Ways to Effectively Reduce Noise Using Photoshop

By Hanssie on July 27th 2014

There are many ways to reduce noise in post when you’ve perhaps shot an image with too high of an ISO in a low light situation. With cameras going up to the hundred thousand ISOs these days, grainy images may some day become almost obsolete. Even though my Canon 5D Mark II has some expanded range high ISOs, I don’t like to take it too much further past 3200 ISO hand held.

Though we cannot remove noise completely from an image, in the cases of too much noise (or grain), you can use Lightroom, which Pye explains in this detailed post here, third party plugins or Photoshop to help minimize the grain and bring back some of the image quality. In the 4 minute Photoshop Playbook video below, Bryan O’Neil Hughes explains a few ways you can effectively reduce noise. He goes over three methods that work well using Camera Raw, smart sharpen or image size to take the image from this:


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[Via ISO1200/Photoshop Playbook/ Images via screencaps]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Basit Zargar

    Awesome one

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  2. Joe Marshall

    Commenting to make sure I come back to watch this video soon!

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  3. Rafael Steffen

    It’s amazing how this article makes it simple on how to remove noise from photographs. This just makes me want to go back to some great images that I took and remove all the little noise I got at the time to make it a lot better. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  4. Greg Faulkner

    The SLR Lounge presets for noise reduction work perfect for me I rarely use Photoshop these days :)

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