Search the internet for photography articles about noise, and almost universally, they will be about how to reduce it in your photos. But is noise always a bad thing? This interesting video discusses why it might not always be bad and why you might want to embrace it at times.
Coming to you from James Popsys, this great video discusses the virtues of noise in photographs. From a technical aspect, we generally try to minimize noise. However, one common mistake I see people make is sacrificing too much shutter speed for the sake of a lower ISO. Without a doubt, a sharp photo with noise is always better than a blurry photo without noise. However, it goes beyond just a technical argument to one of aesthetics. To say that noise is always bad contains within it the implication that noise is universally an aesthetic detriment to a photo, and personally, the more I stop and think about it, the more that seems like a rather unfounded sweeping statement. Surely, there are times when noise can be integral to very mood or character of a photo, and without it, the image just doesn't have the same impact. Check out the video above for Popsys' full thoughts.