I've took some photographs at a photoshoot last week. The lighting conditions weren't right for the shoot (my fault entirely) and the camera we used was a compact. Unfortunately this means that the photograph is quite grainy. Anyone know a good Photoshop (or similar) technique to improve this?

closed as off topic by PearsonArtPhoto Feb 9 '11 at 19:10

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  • Could you rephrase the headline as a question? – e100 Jan 18 '11 at 13:37
  • @e100 - jeez your really cracking down on me ;) – Dan Hanly Jan 18 '11 at 13:47
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    This one should be moved to the photography site... – PearsonArtPhoto Jan 24 '11 at 15:33
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    The question isn't really about "graphic design". It is better suited for the Photo Stack Exchange site. Unfortunately, I cannot migrate it while the site is in beta so I suggest re-asking the question there. – Robert Cartaino Jan 25 '11 at 17:06

Filter > Noise > Reduce noise.

Reducing noise usually blurs the pixels making the image less sharp. play with the sliders to strike a good balance between sharpness and noise reduction

If the image is shot in RAW (unlikely on a compact) then Camera RAW v6 brought significant updates to the noise reduction engine. You'll get a better result removing noise from the RAW before you bring it into photoshop.


Maybe push it in the other direction. Leverage the lo-fi-ness of it and further tweak the imagery in that direction?

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