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Edit My Photo Episode 6 - Easy Noise Reduction in Lightroom

edit my photo Jan 19, 2021

Welcome to Episode 6 of the Edit My Photo Challenge series!

In my Learn Pet Photography Facebook group, we run monthly editing challenges. How it works is:

  • I provide one of my RAW images for group members to download and edit
  • They post their final edits of my photo
  • From all the submissions, I choose a “winner”
  • The winner then submits one of their images for me to edit!

I love these challenges (and so do my students!) because it’s so interesting to see how different people’s individual styles and editing techniques can completely transform an image in so many different ways.

For me - editing the winner’s image gives me the opportunity to demonstrate new pet photography editing techniques!

If you’d like to join us in the private Facebook group for Learn Pet Photography so you can participate in these challenges, you just need to be a member of the Learn Pet Photography website by purchasing a course, or enrolling in some free training.

Jennifer was the winner of this month’s challenge with her creative twilight edit of my image of Woolie by the seaside. As the winner of the challenge, Jennifer submitted a portrait taken with her new Canon R6 that was shot in low light, so the ISO is a little high and the image is a bit underexposed too.

High ISO and underexposure is a recipe for noise, so during this complete Lightroom-only edit, I show you my simple but effective technique for dealing with noise and increasing sharpness.

I also edit the image to brighten, fix the white balance, increase overall contrast and colour - then do some painting with light to really get the most out of the photo. All in Lightroom, quickly and easily!

Join me and watch the edit from start to finish, or fast-track using the chapter links below.

0:00 - Intro
0:56 - Editing challenge winner
1:39 - Winner's image to edit
2:16 - Image composition
2:37 - Histogram analysis
3:18 - Basic adjustments
5:38 - Dealing with noise
8:52 - Dealing with sharpness
10:16 - Pre and post noise reduction comparison
10:52 - Additional noise reduction method
12:55 - Extra sharpening
14:17 - Tweaking the tones and colors
15:09 - Painting with light
19:36 - Before and after
19:58 - What I would do to further improve the image
20:30 - Outro
20:51 - Before and afters

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