FULL RAW FILE FROM CANON T4i*
1/90th of a sec
Noise Reduction Off
SMALL WEB VERSION OF SAME FILE (8.6 MB) You should save link as…
WEB SIZED VERSION
My worflow. Imported from Canon T4i into Lightroom 4.1 with a preset that sets everything to ZERO. Zero contrast, Zero Exposure, zero sharpening etc. No Noise Reduction (NR) within camera since this stuff only works on JPGS not on RAW and this was shot at full-size RAW.
Then very minor NOISE REDUCTION in NIK DFINE. Default settings.
Colors boosted a bit and green cast removed with NIK Pro-Contrast Preset in Color Efex.
The full file was then exported in Lightroom with no sharpening at 90%. And that’s what was uploaded. It should give you some idea of what you will be working with at 12,800.
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If you set the control dial to NIGHT HAND-HELD, and your ISO is at 12,800, YOU WILL GET A NOISELESS IMAGE. The camera takes four shots in sequence, and then uses a program to reduce the noise to just about zero.
There are caveats to using this mode: you’ve got to hold the camera fairly steady, though it can be done without a tripod, and more importantly the thing(s) you are photographing can’t be moving. Those movements are not going to be cleaned up. But if you are shooting a handheld night shot, or dark shot and whatever it is isn’t moving (say you’re in a church or dark building) and you can hold the camera fairly steady, you can get some excellent noiseless images.