I absolutely hate image noise. Mostly chromatic noise, but also luminance noise. Even on film. It drives me crazy that my 1.5x crop factor Nikon sensor produces as much noise as it does shooting RAW. Even if what you see on a screen is like 298% as big as the default print size assigned to the image by the camera, I want my images crystal fucking clear at that level.
Is it autism? Is noise in, say, situations where the so-called "gritty" look is not usual (like pic related) okay? If yes to both, can you slap it out of me, especially with photos that disprove my view that image noise is never, ever, EVER welcome?
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Nothing. I just posted it as an example of a pic where you normally wouldn't use noise as an aesthetic effect.
...has lots of noise at 100%, as you can see here, but I also took it just to play with noise reduction.
Ah yes the noise is apparent now!
To me noise as an aesthetic effect seems like a cheap gimmick, but if the only way to get a shot is to get it with visible noise then it's better than nothing.
My problem is, no matter what picture I take I always want to reduce noise to absolutely zero. But that means loss of detail. It's almost like an obsession to me. Some people don't mind and you see lots of photos with noise everywhere, but it's starting to get a little OCD. I can reduce the noise in the photo there pretty well, but it'll never be satisfying without turning it into an inferno of blurriness.
>I always want to reduce noise to absolutely zero. But that means loss of detail.
Yes, you can't have zero noise without sacrificing detail.
But moderate noise reduction can be counteracted with sharpening. (with masking to avoid sharpening the noise itself)
You can also selectively apply heavy noise reductions in the out of focus regions and the sky.
That's where noise mostly stands out, and there isn't much detail there anyways.
>Exposure Time 1/320 sec
>Exposure Program Manual
>ISO Speed Rating 3200
No. Noise is literally visualized signal noise (data being lost/corrupted because of interference, which can come from a variety of sources).
Grain is the resolution limit of films/papers. It's the crystals that are forming the image. Fine grain usually takes more light to expose (lower Iso)
What does anon think of his photo with a tad bit of orange in it?
Chromatic noise can be removed during raw conversion in the noise removal settings, set luminance to 0, and chroma I think to 25. That's usually the default setting and just desaturates the noise.
Imagenomic Noiseware can do the same with film scans if you set the noise level for luma to 0 when removing noise on film scans.