madasax wrote in post #16823339
So from what I am gathering I really just need to find out a good way for my shooting to use NR in Lightroom - overexpose rather than under - try ETTR - Stop pixel peeping on monitor that is bigger than the 8 x 10 prints that are usually the bigger prints in the house - and just use RAW/ETTR
Really quick tips:
- Keep your histograms at least centered, but to the right if at all possible.
- Don't sharpen your images (either through picture styles or editors' sharpening sliders" until you have taken care of the noise, noise clean up should occur in the very early stages of post processing
- Look at the noise on each color channel, each channel needs different attention paid to it (very minor tweaks), then do one final clean up on the overall rgb channel (a bit more aggressive).
- Then do micro contrast, saturation and sharpening at the end
I ended up developing a single action that I can run on the different cameras that does most of this. It handles noise in multiple runs, enhances contrast and sharpening at different points, etc. When I shoot high ISO shots, depending on what I see for noise characteristics, I run a particular action previously developed.
My thread on how to get the most out of 7D high ISO covers these along with other items in more detail.
7D at 6400, 100% crops, bottom shows OOC, middle shows Raw to JPG, and top shows my post processing on that middle crop.
Here is a 6400 sports shot, then a crop showing OOC, then a crop showing my cleanup of the raw. More detail and less noise this way...
Here is what using the CS3 noise reduction tool looks like vs the action I developed using the steps outlined. A visual difference...