Hello Nikonians, I am new to the community and this is my first post. Earlier tonight I was taking photos of a soccer game at dusk and as you can imagine as the game went on the ISO went up. I was wondering if there were any settings I could change that could reduce the noise. Also if there is anything else that I could do besides new glass please let me know. Gear was D300S with Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 Pictures
I didn't see any info in your photo site that showed any shooting information, except the camera type. If you are heavily cropping the photos, it will also make the noise more apparent.
You were using a pretty fast lens, so assuming you kept it close to wide open, and the shutter speed as low as possible before running into movement blur problems, there isn't much you can do with the captures. Judicious noise reduction in post processing is the only real choice.
Thanks for the input, I was heavily cropping but that's just the nature of soccer with too small a lense. You can see the exif data by clicking the "..." in the lower right then clicking "Exif data", Thanks, Ben
I down loaded one of your photos to check the exif data. It was shot at ISO 640 which is getting into the area where noise from the D300 shows up in enlargements. I see in your profile that your main camera is a D4. It might be that the ISO performance gain with the D4 can improve on the added reach of the D300s. That's something you'll have to determine by experimentation. In any case your only other alternative is to get a good noise reduction program for add on filter for CS5. You can also activate high ISO noise reduction in camera but I don't know how effective it would be at ISO 640.
In any case your photos are quite good and the noise is not that objectionable. I don't think they need a lot of noise reduction.
I have not tried it yet. But I have been using Neat Image on my old Mac G5 for a few years now. I tried it on your photo I downloaded but for some reason it hung up Photoshop CS3. I don't know what the problem is.
ISO 3200 on an older crop body. Yep, noise is going to be a constant companion. You're going to need some glass, or you're going to need a camera that is much better in low light shooting (like the D4).
No other way around it really.
>Hello Nikonians, >I am new to the community and this is my first post. Earlier >tonight I was taking photos of a soccer game at dusk and as >you can imagine as the game went on the ISO went up. I was >wondering if there were any settings I could change that could >reduce the noise. Also if there is anything else that I could >do besides new glass please let me know. >Gear was D300S with Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 >Pictures > >Thanks >Ben
The D300, in its day, was known for its low noise. It has been far since surpassed by the more modern cameras. You should try some of the software that is out there, a different body, or, just live with the noise. While I think it has quite poor low light performance, I don't think the noise is really that bad- I just live with it.
First, make sure you nail the exposure. That is the best way to minimize noise at any ISO. Under exposure will increase the noise significantly.
Other than using Noise Ninja or other Noise Reduction software in your PP workflow, your options are limited to a new body with better high ISO performance than your D300s and or faster and or longer glass.