Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Improving camera phone images, part of Enhancing Photos with Perfectly Clear.
- The smaller the camera the more noise you're going to get. Photos taken on a smartphone are particularly noisy, no matter what you do. Now, the sensors in smartphones these days try to clean it up and you can also use PerfectlyClear on your mobile device, but there's a lot you can do after the fact. Let's take a look at fixing a image from a mobile phone and to do it, I'm actually going to combinesome Photoshop technology with the PerfectlyClear technology. This particular image came from a mobile phone.
I was in the Valley of Fire and it was sunset time. It's beautiful, but this image definitely has some noise. As we zoom in there, you can start to see it in the image itself. It's particularly problematic in the darker areas. I've also got this one, which illustrates the same problem and you can see the noise is in the photo there. Now, these were handheld pictures and they're not too bad, but I want to bring back some more detail. First up, I could choose Filter, Convert for Smart Filters, and click OK.
Then, I'm going to take advantage of a special Photoshop filter, Filter, Lens Correction. This allows me to apply Presets so in this case, I'm going to say that this was shot on an Apple device and you could choose Presets. Now in this case, the Preset is stopping at iPhone 4, but it actually is making a bit of difference and if I click okay, you see that it compensates. Now, there are more Presets that you can download from Adobe's website and they'll continue to update these, but those camera profiles can be useful.
All right, let's jump into Lightroom. Now, with this particular image that I've got selected, it's got a little bit of noise. If we punch into the image, you'll start to see that. Let's choose View, Zoom In, and you'll start to notice that there's some noise in the different areas. Now, let's apply an adjustment, first, here in Lightroom. I'm going to enable Lens Corrections and turn that on and you see that it recognized that this was shot on an iPhone 6 using the back camera.
If we zoom back out and take a look at the before-and-after, you'll notice that it fixed some of the wide-angle distortion. Here's this one, same thing. It recognized the profile and made that fix so if there are adjustments that you want to take advantage of in Lightroom, such as Lens Corrections, feel free. Now, with both of those images selected, I'll choose Photo, Edit In, PerfectlyClearLR. I'm going to choose to open up a copy of the images with those Lightroom adjustments applied and click Edit.
Now, both of those images are handed off. Let's press the Z - key to zoom to 100% and come down to Noise. I'll turn that on and you'll notice that there's a Default Preset for Camera Phone. In fact, if we punch in a little bit, this is even easier to see. Before and after. Some of the noise artifacts up here in the sky are very easily removed, plus if you like, you could play with the Strength and the Details Slider to tell it how much to preserve.
Less Details will be more aggressive if you increase Strength, but you could balance it out to create a natural transition between the different areas. That's definitely cleaned up some of the noisier parts of the image. When satisfied, you can click save to close the image and it will apply the change. Now, whether you're shooting on a smartphone or a Full-Frame DSLR, all cameras have noise, but with PerfectlyClear, it makes it easy to clean some of that noise up.
I do encourage you, though, to view it at 100% or 200%. By punching in like that, it's a lot easier to diagnose the noise and see what's happening as you make adjustments, but you don't want any additional sub-pixel re-sampling or softening so it's important that you pick that 100% magnification or 200% magnification because it makes it easy to accurately display the noise and make corrective decisions.
- Installing Perfectly Clear
- Applying Perfectly Clear in Photoshop and Lightroom
- Choosing presets
- Refining adjustments manually
- Controlling exposure
- Restoring and removing color
- Sharpening images
- Removing noise
- Retouching skin, eyes, and other features
- Working with raw files
- Using the Lucid desktop and mobile apps