So I read a bunch of posts in a Nikon D200 forum about noise. There were several guys who posted images above 800 ISO that looked great (like Bruce’s ISO1600 stuff). One of the self-proclaimed experts said that “correct exposure” is the key. Makes sense, so I decided to try some higher ISO shots and be really careful about exposure. I shot these the other night in downtown Lawrence (tagging along with my son who had a low-light exercise for his BW photography class). I was pretty darned happy with the results. Of course, there was some noise – but much less than I usually experience.
I stumbled on a cool photoshop technique yesterday. It’s sort of a punchy-saturated-look. For me, it’s like a shallow s-curve with better results. Here’s how you do it:
1) duplicate master layer
2) Image > adjustments > shadow/highlight (show more options)
3) All three shadow sliders 0
4) Highlight sliders 50, 50, 253 > okay
5) Set layer to “overlay” > adjust opacity to taste (20-40 works best for me)
Photodude: Doug // Nikon D200 // Nikkor 17-55mm // ISO 800 // expsosure varies