Try This Fast, Effective Noise Reduction Technique On Your Night Sky Photos

Try This Fast, Effective Noise Reduction Technique On Your Night Sky Photos

Photo by Olli Henze / Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

As photographer Dave Morrow explains (both in article and video form), for starry night sky photos, you can “target” the noise better by creating a luminosity mask to prevent your denoise filter of choice (in Morrow’s case, it’s the free Nik Software Suite) from blurring the bright parts of the shot.

Because there’s such a contrast between the light and dark aspects of these types of photos, this method is both fast and effective and doesn’t require too much work by hand.

For more details on the settings Morrow uses for the noise filter itself, hit up his blog post on the subject.

Simple & Powerful Noise Reduction for Star, Milky Way & Night Sky Photography [Dave Morrow Photography, via PetaPixel]

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