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What can i do about the noise?

raoul26
Apprentice

There is a lot of noise when taking photos in the dark, i tried playing around with the shutter speed, aperture and ISO but the noise doesnt go away fully. Sometimes the noise looks weird and is made out of pink, green, yellow pixels. Im looking for a way to take better photos with low light.

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Danny
Moderator
Moderator

Thanks for joining the conversation, raoul26!

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rs-eos
Elite
Elite

With what camera and with what lens?

Can you post examples?

Note that depending upon how dark the scene is and whether or not you raise levels in post, you can indeed end up with lots of noise.

It could very well be that you're at the limits of your camera.

Here are still frames from video equipment showing various results of attempting to film an extremely dark scene.  Same would apply for photography.

The scene was my basement with single 60 W equivalent LED bulb lighting the scene.  No other ambient light.  The bulb was around 8 feet away from the subject.

First is a Vixia HF G50 that was at its absolute limits (max gain/ISO set):

Vixia_HF_G50_noise.jpg

Next was the with an EOS C70 using an RF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens at f/2.8

C70_RF_2_8_noise.jpg

Finally, the same EOS C70, but now with the 0.71x adapter with EF 50mm f/1.2L lens.  This setup had the light capturing ability as an f/0.9 lens.

C70_EF_1_2_noise.jpg

Details of the three frames are below:

vixia_hf_g50_noise_detail.jpg

C70_RF_2_8_noise_detail.jpg

C70_EF_1_2_noise_detail.jpg

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Ricky

Camera: EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L
Lighting: Profoto Lights & Modifiers

Tintype_18
Authority
Authority

No flash? That was my first thought.

John
Canon EOS T7; EF-S 18-55mm IS; EF 28-135mm IS; EF 75-300mm; Sigma 150-600mm DG

Adding light to a scene is not always possible.

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Ricky

Camera: EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L
Lighting: Profoto Lights & Modifiers

kvbarkley
VIP
VIP

The obvious answer is don't take pictures in the dark. Every camera has some noise limit.

It is no surprise that the noise contains colors, after all it is random fluctuations.

If you have some specific need for this, describe it completely and we might be able to make some recommendations. If you go to Ken Rockwell's site, he posts sample images across the whole range of ISO and varying light conditions.

normadel
Authority
Authority

Even a fancy technical marvel like a modern digital camera has its limits. You reach a point where there is too little light to record an image. The camera just cannot do it, and you get noise in a failed effort to produce an exposure.

That said, I have taken some amazing moonscapes with long exposures.

johnrmoyer
Mentor
Mentor

I hope one of these might work for you

If nothing in the scene is moving, then put the camera on a tripod and make 3 photos. Use compositing software to average the 3 photos. Most of the noise is averaged out. Canon DPP software may be able to do this. Hugin free software can do this.

Enable long exposure noise reduction in the camera.

Configure the camera to save the photo as a raw file. In the Canon DPP software increase the noise reduction. This will make the image soft. Use gimp to reduce the size of the image followed by unsharp mask. The radius for the unsharp mask should match the amount of blur.

I found this helpful. https://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/image-noise.htm

 

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https://www.rsok.com/~jrm/

Shoot, depending on the Camera, the camera can do this!

It is called "Handheld  Night Scene" Here is the manpage for my T6S:

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Not the best example:

IMG_7716_sm.jpg

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