Noise can be a good thing if it’s a pleasing sound to your ears, but when it comes to photography, noise can seriously ruin your shot. That is, until now. If you’re dealing with photos that come out with grainy texture or discoloration, we’ve got a photo enhancer that can help restore them in seconds: our Denoise DLX effect.
What Is Noise In Photography?
Noise is a commonly used term in photography to describe visual distortion. It can appear in your photos as gritty or grainy texture, blotchy colors, speckled pixels of color, and other digital artifacts that weren’t present before you hit the capture button. It happens most commonly in two situations: low light conditions as your camera’s sensor is trying to pick up a wide range of light particles, and when the ISO setting on your camera is too high.
Even if you aren’t familiar with the concept of noise, you’ve probably seen it in photos millions of times. Take the following photo for instance:
It appears to be fairly clear, until you take a look at the background and see the pixel variation. The noise is especially noticeable when you zoom in:
Whether you want to clean up some grainy pixels that can only be seen once you zoom, or you have a photo with noise that’s immediately apparent, our Denoise DLX effect can greatly reduce the unsightly artifacts. Take a look at the image noise reduction even at the zoom view:
And how the reduction in noise enhances the image as a whole:
When To Use Denoise DLX
Since our eyes are able to see a much wider range of light than our cameras, it’s possible for your camera to pick up noise in even the best lighting conditions. Any time you notice the defects that noise creates is a good time to enhance your image with Denoise DLX, but here are some instances where it really comes in handy:
Low Light Photos. When the sun is setting or you’re in a less-than-desirable indoor lighting situation, noise is inevitable. Even though the light is prominent enough for your eyes to see everything around you, the camera will likely make things look pixelated as it’s trying to compensate for the lack of light. Luckily, Denoise DLX can smooth out those pixels and greatly reduce the image noise.
Night Photography. This is an extreme low light condition for your camera, especially if there are glaring light sources competing with dark ones. Night skies tend to get noisy very quickly, but a little session with Denoise DLX can make them look realistic again.
Shots Of Uniform Colors. Due to the uniformity of a blue sky and other solid-colored things, the camera can often add subtle (or not so subtle!) defects when you take a photo. This can mean either digital graininess or color banding, but either way, using Denoise DLX can make those solid colors more uniform again. In the next section, I'll show you how how to take the photo below from original to virtually noise-free.
How To Reduce Image Noise With Denoise DLX
To get rid of the noise that’s hindering your shot, start by uploading your photo into BeFunky’s Photo Enhancer. You’ll find Denoise DLX by scrolling down to the fourth effect.
In just one click, Denoise DLX smooths out the pixels in your photo and gets rid of the noisy areas. This works really well when noise is uniform over the entire photo. As with all of Photo Enhancer effects, you can really tailor the application of Denoise DLX in the settings menu. This is where you can control Opacity, which is the intensity of the effect you’re seeing, as well as the detail level and smoothness of your photo.
Below Opacity, you’ll notice a control for Smoothness. Increasing the Smoothness of Denoise DLX will make the pixels look smoother (hence the name!), blending the noise with the truer pixels to create a more uniform look. In the original photo, you’ll notice most of the noise in the sky. Take a look at how the Denoise DLX effect transforms the noise in the sky at 25% Smoothness vs. 100% Smoothness:
If you’re working with a photo that has a lot of detail and contrast, increasing the Fine Details slider will enhance the depth and contrast so your subjects stand out instead of blending in with the rest of the photo. Notice how detailed and sharp the Public Market sign is with the Fine Details slider at 25% vs. 100%:
In some cases, noise is really present in only a few areas of the photo instead of uniformly spread across the entire shot. For instance, if the photo is really noisy in the sky while the rest of the shot is really clear and detailed, Paint Mode* really comes in handy. When you’re in Paint Mode, just click the reverse button and then paint the effect onto the noisy parts of your photo. You can then adjust settings like Opacity, Smoothness, and Fine Details, and watch the noise disappear in only the part of the photo you’ve painted over.
*Paint Mode is now Erase Mode. To get the same effect described above, go to Erase Mode, click the Invert Selection button, and select Keep.
After applying the Denoise DLX, we end up with a photo that is well-balanced, noise-free, and still has all the details intact:
If you want to add depth and detail, bring out vibrant colors, or enhance the sharpness of your photo, you’ve got the freedom to layer several of our Photo Enhancer effects to create something realistic and stunning! Try them out on your photos below: