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Shoot and Edit: Week 36 - Night Shots...EDIT (Reducing Noise) - Ramblings and Photos

September 15, 2011
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Shoot and Edit: Week 36 – Night Shots…EDIT (Reducing Noise)
Welcome to the 36th week of Shoot and Edit: Part 2. Click HERE for all the details and upcoming prompts/themes (also including previous editing tutorials). This week’s theme or prompt was to show us one “Night” SOOC shot (this was just a suggestion, you can show us any SOOC shot). Hopefully you linked up with Jill’s blog earlier this week.

Each Thursday, I will take my SOOC shot and provide a simple/basic or advanced Photoshop/Photoshop Elements or Lightroom tutorial. You can then try my tutorial on your own photos and link up here – linky will now open EARLY on Thursdays and be open THROUGH SUNDAY. If you’d prefer, can simply share your own edit and show us what you did to achieve the look.

We want this challenge to be a learning experience, so feel free to teach us something new too! Also, it does not matter what editing program you use. Although I tend to work within Adobe CS5 (Photoshop), Photoshop Elements, Adobe Camera Raw and now Lightroom…it does not mean that you have to use the exact same program. I hope you’ll be able to take the concepts and apply them in the program you feel most comfortable using.

This week, I thought it might be helpful to review something we covered during Week 3 – Reducing Noise. Here’s my SOOC again:
IMG_8138 RS
Typically, if you’re shooting at night or in low light, you’re going to use a higher ISO. The higher your ISO, the more noise you’re likely to see in your image. A lot of times, if I have a noisy image, I’ll simply convert to black and white – it’s just easier that way sometimes. However, we do have options if you’d like to reduce that noise.

In case you missed the first time we discussed noise reduction, click HERE (there’s some good tips on reducing noise if you use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements…and a link for a free stand alone noiseware program). 

As you know, since I first starting writing for good to WOW (aka Shoot and Edit), I have added Lightroom 3 to my workflow. In addition it’s awesome organization tools, Lightroom 3 is known for it’s noise reduction capabilities.

Pretty cool, huh? It’s important to remember that before reducing your noise, you must first edit your image…the same can be said for converting your images to black and white. The best conversions are those that have gone through clean processing first. Here’s another video for Lightroom via Adobe TV: click HERE.

It’s not necessarily important how I edited my photos this week, but noise reduction was included. Here are my color and black and white edits:
IMG_8138 Edit and BW
So, to recap our lesson, today we reviewed noise reduction. Here’s a final look at my SOOC, Color, and Black and White edits.
IMG_8138 Compare
For your edit, I would love to see you continuing using the lessons we’ve covered in the past 35 weeks as well as apply today’s lesson or share something you’ve learned recently. I hope you all have a great Thursday and I look forward to seeing your edits. Next week’s theme is “Teen or Adult Portrait” Have a great Thursday!
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By the way, don’t forget to add your edited photo to our good to WOW {EDIT} Flickr Group (for those of you that prefer to upload and visit that way). When adding your photos to the group pool, be sure to include the Week #, the Theme and EDIT in the description section. You may upload one photo per week. I also want to point out that we are all here to improve our editing skills. When offering constructive criticism (either on Flickr or within blog comment sections), be sure to point out at least one thing you really like about the edit before offering any advice for improvement.


    So in love with that…

    Wow, your color edit is pretty awesome. I may have to look into getting some actual software one of these days, rather than just winging it with freebies. *Sigh*

    I have to say that although your edits are nice… I LOVE your SOOC soo much more…lol

    Love, love, love that color edit!

    Very pretty. I loved your SOOC but your edits are great too. I used noise reduction in lightroom for mine too. :)

    Gorgeous. You are seriously going to rake me to the dark side if you keep talking about Lightroom. ;)

    LOVE the edits! LOVE LR3 ability to remove noise! I just truly can’t say enough LR3.

    Hugs and blessings,

    wow! what a great tutorial!! I am so loving your black and white…the light and shadows it created are just beautiful! I love your color shot as well!! So amazing!! :)

    LOVE the edits! LOVE LR3 ability to remove noise! I just truly can’t say enough LR3.

    Hugs and blessings,

    You do such a good job with your edits!

    Seriously- AWESOME Ashley- What a beautiful place to capture at night!

    I love both edits and I can definitely see the difference in noise!

    Great tutorial ashley – I have to get better at that kind of photoshop!

    I really love the black and white version of this photo! I think it brings out the details more.

    Interesting that you are recommending to edit first, then reduce noise. I always thought it was the opposite! I only reduce noise after editing if I am drastically increasing exposure in ACR. I’ll definitely be experimenting tonight!

    Love Love Love LOVE the black and white! I want to go on a European Holiday… someday. =)

    These are both so stunning! I think the color one is my favorite, but the b&w has a really nice feel too it.

    I love the edits (especially the B&W) but I still love the SOOC – there is something so real and genuine about it.

    I’m your newest follower! I have been really trying to learn about photography lately and this is so helpful! I guess you do a lesson every week? I’ll be looking for it!

    Beautiful. All 3 versions!

    That’s an awesome pic! SOOC, B&W and Color – all three rock!

    Superb editing, adorable results. Very good.

    Great photo and edits! I can’t decide if I like the original or BW best, but they are all terrific!

    That video shows incredible noise reduction and it was very helpful to have to two types of noise explained. Thanks for posting it!

    I’ve got to find more time to play in Lightroom. I love your edits. The details are so much more clear. Very pretty!

    Noise reduction is wonderful. I love LR3. Great edits! Cannot really pick a favorite. I love the b&w a lot but I’m also drawn to the purple tones in your color edit. Gorgeous!

    Beautiful picutre.. Thanks for sharing the edit video as well!

    Learning so much! Wonderful edits, Ashley! The color is my fave!

    I love using the noise reduction in LR! I got rid of the other program I was using because LR took care of what I needed! :)

    Love love love the b&w edit!! Makes me feel like I’m watching some old movie or reading an adventure book. :)

    Thank you for sharing that LR video Ashley! It was just what I needed to understand that section of Lightroom that I had yet to use. I love the mood you created with both of your edits. The black and white one is stunning! Thank you for sharing!

    I like both edits equally. But I must say I do like the SOOC too.

    so great tips! thank you!

    I love the color edit! Beautiful!

    What beautiful edits but I do love the SOOC very much.

    I think I like the B&W edit the best. It’s so dramatic.

    Beautiful edits and great tutorial! I’ve been using LR for a long time and never used this tool (at least not properly). I learned something! Yay!

    I like the b/w a lot, but I looooove your color edit!! Wow!