Understanding and Controlling Noise: Tips for Every Photographer

Understanding how to manage and reduce noise is a critical aspect of editing for any photographer who shoots at high ISOs. This helpful video tutorial will show you what noise is and how to manage it in your images.

Coming to you from Ed Verosky, this informative video offers a comprehensive breakdown of noise, its causes, and strategies for minimizing its appearance in photos. Verosky distinguishes between luminance and color noise, explaining how insufficient light reaching the sensor, high ISO settings, or post-processing adjustments can exacerbate noise. The advice to maintain proper exposure and to shoot in raw format as foundational practices for noise reduction is particularly valuable for beginners. 

Moreover, the video stresses the importance of understanding the interplay between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to prevent unintentional underexposure—a common mistake that can lead to excessive noise. It's a common error to significantly underexpose and to try to fix an image in post, but getting it close to the correct exposure in camera often results in better quality. Furthermore, the closer you get it in camera, the less work you have to do in the editing stages. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Verosky.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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