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Solution: Fixing a low-resolution, noisy photo


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Noise Reduction and Sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop

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Video: Solution: Fixing a low-resolution, noisy photo

Here is my solution to this challenge. Good to check back in and zoom in and see how things are looking.

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Noise Reduction and Sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop
1h 6m Intermediate Feb 07, 2014

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Digital photos shot at high ISO speeds often suffer from noise. And all digital photos have a slight softness due to the nature of imaging sensors. Like all imaging software, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop have features for fixing these flaws. But using these features isn't always straightforward—and incorrect use of them can make a photo look artificial and overprocessed.

In this course, join Photoshop senior product manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth exploration of the noise-reduction and sharpening features in Lightroom and Photoshop. The course begins with tips for getting the cleanest possible images when you shoot. Next, Bryan details the process of making overall noise and sharpness improvements in Lightroom. The course concludes with a look at various advanced Photoshop techniques for localized adjustments and more.

Subjects:
Photography Raw Processing Night + Low Light Sharpening
Software:
Photoshop Lightroom Camera Raw
Author:
Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Solution: Fixing a low-resolution, noisy photo

Here is my solution to this challenge. Let's take a closer look at this image and look at what we're dealing with. And I see right off the get-go, I really don't have too much to work with. It's kind of a low-res file. There's obviously some color noise. There's also some luminance noise. And even though it does appear to be in focus, there's just not a lot of sharpness to it. So I've got my work ahead of me. And the first thing I'm going to need to do is adjust the tones, and just make it look better. And maybe I'll find out some things out along the way.

So to do that, I'm going to pop into the develop module and let's see about recovering some of these highlights, maybe opening up some of the shadows. Maybe at this point I could darken it a little overall but not too much. Good to check back in and zoom in and see how things are looking. I don't have a lot of focus, maybe I could fake it a little with clarity. Okay, I like that. The noise is that much more profound now. I could take my chances with this black slider, and that's helping a little bit with those areas I opened up in the shadows, but I don't want to use that too much.

Okay, so now let's, let's go down to my noise reduction and see if I can balance out getting rid of some of this noise, while not washing away all my focus. Okay, so if I remember I want to hold down my Option and Alt key to just not worry about the color for a second, get rid of some of that noise. That looks pretty nice. Let go of that, yeah, it doesn't look bad. Do the same thing holding down that Option or Alt key. A little more detail, don't want it to be too crunchy. And I'm a little skeptical of the color.

I don't want to lose the color in any of us, but that seems to work. It, it actually did take away color noise, but things are looking a little softer for sure. So maybe I want to put in a little bit more sharpening at this point. Pretty quickly pick up some edges and some artifacts there. Maybe if I play around with the radius. No. Guess I could try the masking trick. Let's see if I could just sharpen the edges. Now I can really see the edges. Turn that down a little bit more. Okay, although I'm pretty happy with that, the color looks better.

The noise is out of the shadows. The luminance noise is smooth, but the detail is pretty good, and considering the low resolution, I'm pretty happy overall with that. I think if I back up, it looks a lot better than where I started.

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