Leafhopper (three Photographs) and a word about noise

Leaf hopperTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

Today cameras are measured by the number of mega pixels they can capture and their handling of high ISOs. Maybe these are not the most important elements but they are important to many. Higher mega pixels mean a need for better stabilization of the camera and more disk space to store files. The ability to handle higher ISOs gives you the opportunity to take high ISO pictures with less noise. In these photographs taken with a 24 megapixel lens at ISO 400 out of camera and un-cropped I would not expect to see much objectionable noise. When cropped however, the noise becomes evident. It’s a major consideration in close-up and macro photography that cropping will accentuate noise and noise reduction can mean loss of detail. The closer you look the more the digital grain shows. You need a way to remove the noise in the background while preserving the details in your subject. There are two ways to do this: 1. apply noise reduction and mask out those areas where detail is important, or 2. use a plug-in like Macphun Noiseless Pro that has fine adjustments to protect detail without noise. For those of us who like the sharpest detail we can get with the least amount of noise affecting our subject, knowing how to remove noise is not trivial.

Leaf hopper-3

Leaf hopper-2

9 responses

  1. Very informative. I’d never heard of this product (?) program(?)


    November 22, 2015 at 6:30 am

    • Macphun products are for Macs not Pcs. Nik’s Dfine2 is a alternative that comes with the Nik collection.

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      November 22, 2015 at 7:01 am

      • I guessed by the sounds of the name… I have a Mac but I am not yet up to such sophisticated processing. ;-D


        November 22, 2015 at 7:03 am

        • What processing software do you use.?

          Liked by 1 person

          November 22, 2015 at 8:05 am

          • When I had a PC, I first used Elements, and later, Lightroom. But since I purchased my Mac laptop over a year ago, I just edit in iPhoto!

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            November 22, 2015 at 11:14 am

  2. fantastic detail


    November 22, 2015 at 5:51 pm

  3. Love the detail! When I first saw him, “Hopper”, the big mean grass hopper from ‘Bug’s Life’ came to my mind! LOL!!


    November 22, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    • Grasshoppers are great. Wonderful creatures, but there is a lot more out there. Maybe they will get there own movie😀


      November 22, 2015 at 10:59 pm

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