Don’t you just hate it when you take a photograph and forget to check your camera settings? I know I do… sometimes you just can’t take that shot again.
Ages ago I took this photograph… never transferred it to Lightroom until much later (by which time the tulip had died) and then I realised what an error I had made back then.
Yep, I had the ISO far too high… in fact it was set at 3200… Damn and drat… I couldn’t reshoot this, but there was something about this photograph I liked… so how could I process it without getting too much noise?
I had tried time and time to process it and got no luck… there was too much noise on the tulip… but today I found a way of cutting back on that noise without using noise reduction slider (within the details panel of Lightroom) sliders. By using the noise reduction sliders in the details panel would have resulted in me losing some of the grain from the wood. Which I didn’t want. And I found even if I used the noise slider when using the adjustment brush it wasn’t having that much of an effect.
I wanted to add more yellow and darken the image and add some more exposure to the top of the picture and the top of the tulip… but I got noise. Until I used the brush tool and lowered the sharpness slider to -100 and painted over the tulip. This seemed to remove the vast majority of the noise.
Yes, there is some noise in the picture still but it isn’t that visible… I then tried this technique on a picture where I had some noise in the clouds where I had increased the exposure to +2 stops and you could see some pixelating within the clouds… and it works.
Here is a black and white version of the same picture.
So if you ever do want to get rid of small amounts of noise and pixelating that occurs sometime, then by using the brush tool and the sharpness adjustment together, it might just save your day.