With today’s fast cameras, big sensors, and great noise reduction technology, like that in Lightroom 3 tha I described earlier (magic), we can see better with our cameras than we can in real life. It is fun to experiment with that.
Like in Montreal the other day. Here’s a street the way it looked to me:
But with my camera (a Canon 1D Mark IV) set to auto ISO, and at 3,000 ISO, I got this:
And by white balancing this RAW imaging to correct the yellow Sodium light, we get this:
I can actually see better with my cameras than I can see in real life.
And I suggest you all try this. Go out and use auto ISO or a very high manual ISO. Apply noise reduction (in the camera if you shoot JPG, or in Lightroom so you get more control). See what happens!
When do you apply the noise reduction in your post-processing workflow? Or does it matter?
It does not matter much, I don’t think – but I tend to do it after I crop and adjust exposure. Why? Well, for instance if I increase exposure I add noise – and I would want to see that before reducing it.