1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 17, 2016 5:33 PM by ManiacJoe

    Lightroom / Adobe Camera Raw default noise reduction settings.

    DdeGannes Adobe Community Professional

      I am posting a link from the dpreview forum specific to ACR and Lightroom. Looking for some answers. Anyone with some thoughts on this subject.

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        • 1. Re: Lightroom / Adobe Camera Raw default noise reduction settings.
          ManiacJoe Adobe Community Professional

          A fun question. I shoot a lot of high school volleyball in poorly lit gyms using a Nikon D700 (mini-D3). I have develop presets for each gym I shoot in since I repeat the venues frequently. ISO 6400 is the max numbered ISO of the camera; hi1 = 12800-ish. I have done testing for the noise levels my camera produces. I actually prefer to underexpose at ISO 6400 and correct in post rather than use hi1 properly exposed.

           

          ISO 3200, properly exposed

             ColorNoiseReduction = 10,

             ColorNoiseReductionDetail = 50,

             ColorNoiseReductionSmoothness = 50,

             LuminanceNoiseReductionContrast = 0,

             LuminanceNoiseReductionDetail = 10,

             LuminanceSmoothing = 15,

             SharpenDetail = 30,

             SharpenEdgeMasking = 80,

             SharpenRadius = 1.4,

             Sharpness = 90,

           

          ISO 6400, properly exposed

             ColorNoiseReduction = 10,

             ColorNoiseReductionDetail = 50,

             ColorNoiseReductionSmoothness = 50,

             LuminanceNoiseReductionContrast = 0,

             LuminanceNoiseReductionDetail = 15,

             LuminanceSmoothing = 20,

             SharpenDetail = 25,

             SharpenEdgeMasking = 75,

             SharpenRadius = 1.4,

             Sharpness = 90,

           

          ISO 6400, underexposed 1 stop

             ColorNoiseReduction = 15,

             ColorNoiseReductionDetail = 50,

             ColorNoiseReductionSmoothness = 50,

             LuminanceNoiseReductionContrast = 0,

             LuminanceNoiseReductionDetail = 20,

             LuminanceSmoothing = 35,

             SharpenDetail = 30,

             SharpenEdgeMasking = 75,

             SharpenRadius = 1.5,

             Sharpness = 100,

           

          Most photos need a lot less noise reduction than most people think. While 100% zoom is good for seeing what the software is doing, no one will ever see the image at that zoom. 50% zoom is a more proper way to judge the final result. The natural resolution reduction due to printing and web-size resizing naturally eats a lot of noise to start with.