Have you ever taken a photo you thought would be sharp, clear and awesome only to have it grainy and almost like it has little specks of dust nestled in every pixel of the photo? Yea I’m sure we’ve all had photos like that.
The noise reduction tool almost works like magic. The default filter on my camera is grainy and it makes all my pictures come out with some noise. I’ve worked around the grain look on the pictures because I feel it gives it some character. But as my photo editing skills progress, looking to have a sharper looking photo, with some noise for that character, I apply noise reduction to my edits.
I do my edits first with Lightroom (which is amazing) then export to Photoshop. In Lightroom, under the develop tab, the right-side panel has a drop-down tab called “Detail” with the Sharpening and Noise reduction tools.
Noise Reduction Luminance 0
Noise Reduction Luminance 50
I didn’t set out to completely eliminate the noise but to reduce it and give the picture a less grainy look. The trick is to familiarize yourself with noise reduction and sharpening tools to find what works for you and the picture you are working on.
Here’s a link explaining in more detail how the sharpening and noise reduction can be applied in Lightroom.
Learn Lightroom 6 – Episode 5: Sharpening & Noise Reduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkrYXOszvfI