My Thoughts On Noise.
What’s the first thing you notice about the above image? Is it the wind blown snow, it’s seasonal quality with the holiday wreath?
Or is the fact the image is a little bit grainy because it was shot at ISO 3200?
How about this image of the Memorial Bridge linking downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine? Is the first thing you notice the noise in the sky?
Worry More About Making Great Pictures.
High ISO performance is all the rage these days. It seams that if a camera isn’t capable of capturing noise frees images of a pitch black scene at ISO 12,800, or higher it’s not even worth considering.
How did we get from enjoying the beautiful grain of film, in particular black and white film, to being so hung up on digital noise in an image that even the slightest hint of it can relegate the image file to the trash bin?I
“If a picture is so boring you notice the noise, you’ve got a boring picture.” ~ Rick Sammon
Quite possibly my favorite photography quote of all, and something to think about the next time you’re out making pictures.