Bring the noise, boyee! In my latest Smarter Image column for Popular Photography, I look at how AI-assisted de-noising tools can make you a better photographer while you’re shooting.
You may yawn and think, “Gee, Jeff, software can fix stuff. Wow.” But for me the revelation wasn’t that AI can do a better job of dealing with noise than traditional tools. Instead it has freed me as a photographer to push ISO higher in difficult/darker situations and get the shot I want. Noise doesn’t have to be a limiting factor if you know that your tools can deal with it well.
It’s a technological change that can affect artistic intent. Crank that ISO and bring the noise, knowing you can deal with it later.
Here’s the column: Bring on the noise: How to save high ISO files deemed ‘too noisy’.
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