Reduce Noise: a quick, proven method for bagging clean images

Set up your camera to reduce noise: step 3

Are you disappointed by grainy images every time you shoot? It doesn’t have to be this way! Our quick tutorial below shows you a quick and easy way to set up your DSLR to reduce noise and start cleaning things ups.

Follow these three simple steps and you’ll reduce noise sufficiently, building confidence in your ability to shoot just about anywhere.

Reduce Noise: a quick, proven method for bagging clean images

How to set up your camera to reduce noise

 

Set up your camera to reduce noise: step 1

01 Use a low ISO
Select the lowest ISO your camera will allow. This will ensure there’s no ‘gain’ applied, which 
will result in digital noise. Most SLRs’ default ISOs are 100 or 200, so don’t be tempted to use an extended lower ISO because this will also introduce noise.

 

Set up your camera to reduce noise: step 2

02 Shoot in raw
Always shoot in raw mode because the captured image won’t be processed in-camera, which would introduce noise and other compression artifacts. There’ll be much more room to tweak exposure and smooth any noise present in the raw file.

 

Set up your camera to reduce noise: step 3

03 Remove noise
If you do end up with noisy images, which is something that often occurs in low-light situations, use a raw editing program to initially reduce noise before reducing it even further in Photoshop (or a specialist noise-reduction program).

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