Leafhopper (three Photographs) and a word about noise
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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.