How to remove specs of grain and noise from your stock photos
One of the biggest reasons for rejection for many photographers. Even though your image may look great and grungy with added noise, reviewers and agencies hate it. They feel that should a buyer wish to add grain, they can do so in post processing.
When shooting in low light and/or high ISO, you are likely to introduce noise or grain to your images, this can also be caused by overcompensating dark or shaded areas by lightening them too much. Sensors on later cameras seem to have this sussed and images shot at ISO 400, 800 and even 1600 are relatively noise free.
However, to be on the safe side and as we mentioned in the stock standards section, either use a tripod and shoot low ISO or definitely get hold of Neat Image…a fantastic and highly effective noise reduction software program that I have used for years.
In some circumstances, you may only want to remove noise from selected areas in which case, you may find the video below useful.
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