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Before we get started learning about noise reduction and sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop, I want to give you a little bit of caution about overdoing it. This is a problem both with noise reduction and sharpening and the way that it works is when people apply too much noise reduction, an image can look painterly. There's no detail in the shot and it looks like a watercolor, it's just been totally overdone. So you want to go easy with that. Now, that's a little bit less of a problem now than it used to be, because current cameras generate a lot less noise, and so it just doesn't pop up as much as it used to.
Now with sharpening, I'm afraid to say that this happens really often, and it doesn't seem to happen to everyone. But I want you to be careful about not over-sharpening. Don't sharpen too much. want to make sure not to sharpen in-camera because you need it to be nondestructive. You might want to sharpen, you might not. To do your sharpening in software but when you're applying it, remember that a little bit goes a long ways. And you want to look at the image from afar and you also want to look at it up close. Now a lot of people they sharpen just a little and it's fine.
But I've noticed that some folks you look at their portfolio it'll be a great host of images. But they'll just be a little too crunchy. So my general caution to you before we get started, is don't overdo it.
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