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As with so many things, what you do in camera is going to have a serious effect with what you later do in software. So I want to give you a couple of tips for before you even work your way into the software, and that's on the capture side. And I think the most important, both with noise reduction and with sharpening, is stabilization. Now I'll just tell you a really quick story. Long time ago I used to work at a high end camera store and we sold all this really fancy gear and I can't tell you how many people would come in and spend thousands of dollars on the best cameras but they would refuse to buy a tripod.
All that gear is not worth anything if you're not stabilizing the shot. So if you're shooting that can be stabilized, which is to say, landscapes, portraits, studio, please take the time to set up the shot and stabilize it. It's going to do a couple things. It's going to remind you to compose correctly. It's going to force you to slow down. But more importantly it's going to make sure that your image looks great. And you will notice an enormous difference. Just shooting with a high shutter speed is not enough, although that transitions nicely to when you can't stabilize.
Maybe you're shooting sports, maybe you're just using a mobile device or a point and shoot. Then use a higher shutter speed. Try to compensate as best you can. Now it's always a fight with light. That's what it all comes down to. So to the degree that you can, also use a lower iso, or film speed number. Those numbers have changed a lot over time. Modern cameras are certainly capable of shooting at very, very high iso. But remember, with that high iso comes noise.
Now of course, the reason for this whole course is to tell you what to do with noise reduction and sharpening. So I'm going to assume you have some files that need a lot of sharpening and that need a lot of noise reduction. But just remember, it all begins in camera. And there's a lot of stuff that you can do while you're capturing the images so that you don't have to worry about this stuff as much in post processing.
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