Saturday, January 9, 2010

Going Overboard with Noise Reduction Can Be a Good Thing

At Friday night's sold-out talk in Las Vegas for the Nevada Camera Club (thanks Brad Edwards for taking the bottom photo at the fun event), I talked about HDR photography. Lots of interest!

In discussing noise reduction in Topaz Adjust, I suggested going overboard (sometimes!!) when reducing the noise - which softens an image to the point where it looks like a painting.

Now, I could tell you exactly how I created the top image, but I think you'll learn more, and have more fun, trying to create artful pictures yourself . . . and you'll probably come up with your own artful creations and variations of an image. My pal Trey Ratcliff agrees (on the do-it-yourself/learn-it-yourself method) - although he does share lots of his techniques in his books and seminars.

If you come up with cool images, post a link here. I'd love to see it!

FYI: I took the photograph at Bodie State Historical Park in California with my Canon 1Ds Mark III and 17-40mm lens at the 17mm setting.

Explore the light,
P.S. More info on Topaz and HDR at the Plug-in Experience. Discounts, too,


JaviZ said...

Yep, I like this "painting" effect.

Thanks 4 sharing, Rick.
Javier Echaiz

Gabe said...

I use this effect heavily in my work over at

TomReiman said...

I've been playing with HDR for only a short while now, but have a few images that I like. Here is the link to my "Sumpter Steamer" taken in the Gold Dredge area of Oregon. I am most interested in your feedback on this, and the others in my gallery.
Thanks, Tom