Ruby-throated Hummingbird: Noise reduction using Lightroom 4

I used my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 superzoom camera to shoot the following photo of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) at the Visitor Center, Huntley Meadows Park.


Tech Tips: The following camera settings were used for the preceding photo (above): Shutter Priority mode; ISO 800; focal length 108mm/600mm (35mm equivalent); 0 exposure value (ev); aperture f/5.2; shutter speed 1/1,250 sec. The camera automatically increased the ISO to 800 in order to compensate for less light reaching the camera sensor at a faster shutter speed. The resulting photo appears underexposed and is noticeably “noisy” (see Photo 2 of 2). I used Adobe Lightroom 4 to adjust the original photo, including noise reduction and sharpening (see Photo 1).

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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