Yesterday I learned a new photo editing technique to reduce noise in the background of my photographs. I’d never had any luck with noise reduction tools in Photoshop and Lightroom or in Topaz DeNoise, but maybe I wasn’t doing it right! This technique is AWESOME so I had to share with everyone.
What is Noise
Firstly, so we’re all on the same page: noise occurs when you use higher ISO’s and it makes your photo look grainy, especially when you crop or zoom in on your picture. Once you notice it, it becomes distracting and you want it gone!
Noise Reduction Sliders
In Lightroom, whenever I’d used the noise reduction luminance slider, I would end up with a result looking something like this:
If you move the detail slider to the right, then the result is better but still not perfect:
New Technique: Selectively De-noise
Yesterday I came across a video done by a young photographer based out of Vancouver who I greatly admire: Jess Findlay. His technique is to use Photoshop to reduce noise only from the background of the photograph. This way you retain all the feather details, but remove that distracting grain from the background of your picture.
Here is his video describing the technique: AB Tip: Write down the steps he uses so you can easily recreate them for yourself.
Reducing Noise: My Results!
Here are the results I achieved using his technique to reduce noise from the Tufted Titmouse photograph: