How do you handle long exposure noise?Posted: December 4, 2011
Here’s another photo from yesterday’s sunset at Sublime point:
20 sec at f16, ISO 200
Edited in Lightroom, Siver Efex Pro and Dfine
I like the look of this photo, but when I blow it up to 100% it is a mess! The long exposure and original under exposure has created heaps of noise (grainy dots) that seem distracting (at least when viewed at 100%). I used Nik Software’s Dfine anti-noise software, and although it did take out much of the noise, it did also blur a lot of the details giving the photo that watercolour look.
If you’ve encountered this, how do you deal with it? Have you ever had things printed that look like they have much noise? I guess at some point I should do some test prints to see how much the noise or watercolour quality impact how the print turns out.
I’d love to hear anyone’s experiences with this!