How to Reduce and Remove Digital Noise in your Images

Digital noise is probably one of the most undesired side effects in photography and one of the most likely factors to give an impression of lower quality in your images. A photograph with noise completely diverts the attention of the viewer, making him focus on the grainy areas instead of the other important elements of our image.

To avoid noise in your photographs, it is essential to know what is digital noise and what causes it, as well as the different techniques to reduce and remove the noise in your images.

In fact, not only reducing the noise in our photographs is possible, but it is even feasible to completely eliminate it if you know how. The best thing is to prevent the noise during the shot, although it is possible to remove it afterward, especially if we know how to reduce the noise in Lightroom and how to remove the noise in Photoshop.

To help you to shoot sharp quality images, on this guide to removing and reducing noise in photography you can find:

  1. What is digital noise? Definition of Noise in photography
  2. Types of noise in digital photography
  3. Noise and Hot Pixels, Dead Pixels and Stuck Pixels
  4. Types of photographs with noise
  5. How to remove and reduce noise in photography 
  6. Camera settings to reduce noise in photography
  7. Best software and plugins to remove photo noise
  8. Best mobile apps to reduce noise in your images
  9. Tips for printing noise-free photos


Digital noise is the arbitrary alteration of brightness and color in an image.

The materialization of this random variation generates what is called “noise or grain”, which is basically formed by aberrant pixels misrepresenting the luminance and tonality of the photograph, and are visible to the eye due to the size they have.

Although it is common to see film grain in analog photography, noise is considered as an unwanted effect in digital photography. That is the reason why there are so many techniques and software to get rid of noise in digital photography.

Noise in photography is produced in three different ways according to the source and process:

  • Photon noise: Related to the random noise corresponding to photons.
  • Front end noise: This type of noise is related to the construction of the camera sensor.
  • Back end noise: This noise takes place when the processor of our camera converts the signal into a digital file.

The fact that a camera has better or worse characteristics when it comes to generating and processing files without noise, will depend completely on the manufacturer.

What is in our hands, is to know how to avoid noise in photography, know how to differentiate what kind of noise we have in our images, and apply the best techniques to reduce and eliminate noise. We will see all this in-depth throughout the article.

Why are my photos grainy?

Digital noise appears in your images when:

  • The camera sensor does not capture the information properly during the shot and the camera processor has to make an interpretation.
  • The camera sensor is used under strong stress in terms of use and heat, generating more random information.

To understand the main reason why noise in photography is produced, think about this example:

When taking a photograph in low light conditions, using some settings that don’t guarantee the correct exposure of the image, our camera has to create that missing information.

As a result, our camera generates brightness and color information differently than the actual information that would be processed if there would have been better lighting conditions or if the picture had been correctly exposed.

Two parameters which usually are closely linked are noise and ISO sensitivity.

By increasing the sensitivity of our camera sensor to the light by raising the ISO, our camera processor will produce more digital noise, as it will be forced to create more random information.


Recognizing the different types of noise in photography is fundamental to understand how the noise happens and what tools we can use to get rid of the if.

The main types of noise in photography are luminance noise and color noise.

Luminance noise

Luminance noise is the random variation of brightness that our camera processes in relation to the original and correct brightness of the image.

This noise is associated with the lack of light, and an example would be a night photograph where we are forced to drastically increase the ISO in order to obtain detail in the shadows.

Luminance noise is the most common digital noise. It is very easy to identify as it looks like the film grain and there are many different techniques to remove it.

Color noise or chrominance noise

Color noise or chrominance noise is the random variation of color in relation to the original colors of the image.

Unlike luminance noise, color noise is associated with sensor heating. It is often the result of long exposures or long shooting sessions, especially in night photography and time-lapse.

Color noise is less common, it usually appears like noise in shadows in the form of blotches or bands of color (also known as “Banding”). During the color noise reduction, we need to be very careful not to affect the correct colors of the image.


We have already seen the two main types of noise and their causes. However, within our images, we can find different types of defective pixels, caused by the sensor overheat or failure.

Defective pixels sometimes follow the same pattern, appearing at the same point of our image, either permanently or when the temperature of our camera sensor heats.

Normally, these pixels are invisible in our camera LCD viewfinder, and we can only see them when zooming. Also, bear in mind that a pixel unit is so small that it is really difficult for our eyes to see them, so what we often see is a group of several defective pixels placed together in the same area.

Talking about the different types of defective pixels that we will see in our images, we can find:

Hot Pixels

Hot Pixels appear when our camera sensor temperature raises after doing long exposures or long sessions at high ISOs .

How can I avoid the hot pixels?

Hot pixels are common even in new cameras, and they show up randomly. The best way to avoid them is by trying not to keep our sensor heated due to long exposures, especially when these exposures exceed several minutes. The other way to prevent hot pixels is by doing shooting breaks, especially when shooting long sessions at a high ISO.

Dead Pixels

Dead Pixels appear permanently. Their main characteristic is that they do not receive energy and have a black color or a color slightly off compared to the surrounding pixels.

They often appear on the camera LCD screens after using the camera for a long period of time.

How can I avoid Dead Pixels?

Dead pixels are unrecoverable. Normally they are not a problem as they are barely visible, but if by default your camera is relatively new and shows a significant amount of dead pixels, I recommend to contact the seller to try to replace your camera.

Stuck Pixels

Unlike dead pixels, Stuck Pixels receive energy and always show the same color, especially green, red and blue.

How can I avoid Stuck Pixels?

Stuck pixels may disappear after time. There is no clear way to avoid them, but if you see a big number, especially on the LCD screen, it may be due to a manufacturer flaw.

To a great extent, finding hot, stuck or dead pixels is normal in digital photography and especially common when we push our camera sensor above its limits, either by using a high ISO or by taking long exposures in low light conditions.

In general, we should not worry about defective pixels when they appear isolated and in these cases described above. However, if they constantly appear on your images or LCD screen even in daytime images and at a low ISO, you should contact the manufacturer as it may be due to a defect in your camera.


It is normal to see different types of photography with noise. Naturally, when thinking about noise in digital photography, it is common to think about night photography. However, there might be situations when our camera generates digital noise beyond nighttime images.

These are some of the most common noise photography examples:


Although it is unusual, it is possible to find noise in daytime photographs.

This digital noise will normally appear in one of these two situations:

  • Within our daytime image, there are parts of the scene that are too dark, and we try to raise the shadows/exposure through editing or processing.
  • When shooting a daytime long exposure with a neutral density filter that downs too many stops of light making us raise the ISO, it is possible to find noise in some areas of the image.


When talking about digital noise one of the main concerns is how to take noise-free night sky images. These photographs are usually taken in low light conditions, longer exposures and using a higher ISO, so it is difficult to get rid of the noise in our pictures.

There are two main types of night photography in which we usually need to apply a noise reduction technique:


In general, it is normal to find noise when taking Milky Way photographs. In order to extract all the information and detail from the Galactic Center, it is usually necessary to raise the ISO of our camera above the limit.  When making this, the noise is usually visible, especially in the darkest areas of the image, as we said on our guide to learn how to photograph the Milky Way.

One way to get cleaner Milky Way photos is by noise reduction through photo stacking, a technique that we explain on our post about noise reduction in Photoshop.


Finding digital noise in Northern Lights photography is also common, especially in crop sensor cameras, since in order to freeze the movement of the Aurora, we will have to use short shutter speed to extremely high ISOs, as we said on our post about how to photograph the Northern Lights.

In the same way as in Milky Way photography, with the stacking noise reduction technique, we can solve this problem.


Noise in wildlife photography is sometimes visible when, after trying to capture an animal in motion, we have to raise the ISO in order to shorten the shutter speed.

A clear example is when photographing birds flying in low light conditions.


Noise in portrait photography also happens, especially when shooting at indoor low light conditions.

To avoid noise in portrait photography, it will be important to use large aperture lenses and an external light source like a flash.


There are many techniques to reduce and remove noise in photography, both when we are shooting and afterward, in the editing and processing.

Throughout the following section, we will see the best way to get rid of digital noise; Using the best camera settings and the best software and plug-ins.


Generically, these are the best ways to avoid and reduce noise in photography:

  1. Photograph with cameras with full frame sensors, since they can capture more light.
  2. Shoot in Raw. This is the best way to capture as much information as possible.
  3. Set an ISO as low as possible, since sensitivity increases the noise.
  4. Expose your images correctly, the golden rule to avoid noise when shooting.
  5. Do not take too long exposures that can heat the sensor, as this might lead to color noise showing up.
  6. Use large apertures and large aperture lenses.
  7. Reduce noise in Lightroom or Photoshop, the most effective and simple way to do it.
  8. Use external noise reduction plug-ins such as “Noise Ninja” or  “Noiseware”.


When our goal is to avoid noise in digital photography, the first fundamental step is to use the right camera settings so that our camera does not generate noise.

The first advice and possibly the most important will be to know your camera. Each camera is different and knowing the limitations of your own equipment is essential.

In order to prevent photography noise, in addition to reading your camera instructions, you should practice as much as you can, especially photographing in all kinds of situations and lighting conditions.

Best camera settings to reduce noise in photography

Briefly, these are the best camera settings to reduce noise in photography:

  • Shoot in Raw.
  • Get a correct exposure.
  • Keep the ISO under control.
  • Be careful while taking long exposures.
  • Use large apertures.
  • Leverage your camera noise reduction.
  • Take advantage of your camera high ISO noise reduction (if you shoot in Jpeg).
  • Use cameras with full frame sensors.

Shoot in RAW to reduce the noise

To avoid noise in photography, the first and most basic step is to shoot in Raw.

Jpegs file can’t capture as much information as Raw files, and the Jpeg compression will make the noise more evident and more difficult to eliminate in processing.

Get a correct exposure

We must always try to expose our photographs correctly, without shadows and black areas lacking information that will have to be processed by our cameras generating noise.

To make sure our exposure is correct when shooting, don’t use the camera light meter, but the histogram, where we can see if we have part of the image on the blacks or highlights, that will be difficult to recover.

A technique that has been considered as the basic technique to avoid noise when shooting and that has generated an endless debate in the photography world is the “Exposing to the right technique” (ETTR). This technique consists of using parameters aimed at having, as a result, a histogram exposed as to the right as possible without reaching the pure whites.

ISO and Digital Noise – Keep it under control

Out of the three parameters that compose the exposure triangle: Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, the latter will be the most significant in the noise in our images.

According to the signal to noise ratio, the higher the ISO we use, the more noise will be generated by our camera.

As we increase the ISO, we will increase the sensitivity of our sensor to the light, and this will make our camera processor create random information and, therefore, generating more photography noise.

To avoid this, we will try to use a low ISO whenever it is possible.

There are circumstances where the lighting conditions require to raise the ISO as, for example, in night sky photography, so it is crucial to know our camera well and to try to control the ISO as much as possible.

* Invariant ISO/ISO less sensors and Noise:

While the Exposure to the Right technique that mentioned has been classically seen as one of the best shooting techniques to avoid digital noise, nowadays some new cameras use sensors called ISO invariance (“ISO Less”). In short, using this type of sensors you can get the same result shooting at a native ISO (ex. ISO 100) and overexposing the image later in the processing than shooting at a high ISO.

This way of shooting has advantages, especially when we have high lights in the image which run the risk of being blown out if we raise the ISO, such as a strong Aurora, lampposts or any other source of strong light.

Some examples of cameras that use an ISO invariant sensor would be:

  • Sony A7RIII / Sony A7RII
  • Nikon D810 / Nikon D750 / Nikon D 7100 / Nikon D7100 / Nikon D5500
  • Fuji XT1 / Fuji X100 / Fuji XE1
  • Pentax K5

If your camera is not on the list, I suggest you test it to know if the type of sensor you use is ISO less.

The way you photograph will be different if you use a conventional sensor or a ISO invariance sensor when noise might be a problem in the image.

Be careful with long exposures and avoid chromatic noise

As we have already explained, taking long exposures is one of the most common causes of noise in digital photography.

As the sensor temperature heats up after a long use, the amount of noise increases, especially the chromatic noise.

To reduce it, try to avoid long exposures of several minutes or to take many shots without stopping.

This is inevitable in certain types of photography such as Star trails or time-lapse, but should take this into account and keep it under control whenever it is possible.


One of the best tips to reduce camera noise is to use large apertures in your lens in low light conditions.

Although the aperture does not directly affect the amount of noise, a small aperture in low light situations will force us to take longer shutter speed or a higher ISO; parameters that will make our photography grainier.

Use as large aperture lenses as possible, with low f values.

Leverage your camera noise reduction

In order to avoid photography noise, today’s digital cameras have a built-in automatic noise reduction system.

Through this system, after having captured the image, our camera will carry out an automatic process where it will capture an exposure of the same time as the original photograph.

Pros of the automatic noise reduction

It allows to reduce the noise automatically in the RAW file and without having to use any software later.

Cons of the automatic noise reduction

We cannot use the camera for the entire duration of the process (always same time as the original shot).

In this way, if we take a 30-second shot, our camera will be busy another 30 seconds applying this process.

In my case, I don’t use this system, since I prefer to apply noise reduction more selectively through the noise removal software and plugins we will see below.

Take advantage of your camera high ISO noise reduction (If you shoot in Jpeg )

If you are not going to edit or process your photos and you prefer to shoot in Jpeg format, you can use this automatic noise reduction on your camera to reduce the noise of your images.

In my case, I shoot always in RAW, so this option is disabled on my camera.

Use cameras with full frame sensors

In order to avoid digital noise, our camera sensor will play a key role.

One of the main differences between cameras that use crop sensors (APS-C) and cameras that use full-frame sensors, is the amount of noise they generate.

The size of the sensor is essential for capturing more light and collecting more information. In other words, cameras with full frame sensors will generate much less noise than cameras with APS-c sensors.

In some types such as Milky Way Photography or Northern Lights photography, the difference will be very significant from using one type of camera or another.

If your camera has a crop sensor and you are planning to take night sky photos or you are taking a trip where you expect to shoot at high ISOs, my advice is to get a Full frame camera if quality is something matter to you.

Full frame sensor cameras are not particularly cheap, but you can also rent the gear for a photo shoot or a trip. In my, case it is something that I do often, renting mainly cameras and large aperture lenses through Lensrentals.


Currently, there is a wide variety of noise reduction software and plugins to reduce and get rid of noise in photography.

The vast majority of noise reduction software is dedicated to the same goal: Photography noise treatment aimed at partially or completely eliminate digital noise.

However, each digital noise removal software uses different algorithms to attack and reduce noise, which will allow us a greater or lesser margin of control so that we can remove the noise selectively without affecting globally to our whole image.

In general, through anti-noise plugins and software, we can reduce luminance noise and chromatic noise in our images, but with an important side effect: we lose sharpness and detail.

Therefore, we have to find a balance where we eliminate the noise, but at the same time we maintain the maximum amount of detail.

In my case, I usually reduce the noise in Lightroom to later remove the noise in Photoshop in combination with other plugins. However, I think it is useful to know the best tools to reduce the noise that we can find in the market, so we can choose the one that suits us better.

Best photo noise reduction software

Briefly, these are the best noise reduction software and plugins to remove noise in photography:

  • Lightroom: Reduces the noise in the RAW file in a simple, fast and accurate way.
  • Photoshop: It is the best choice because we can combine plugins or the Adobe Camera Raw noise reduction with masks to make noise reduction more selective.
  • Capture One: In addition to luminance and chromatic noise reduction adjustments, provides a slider called “single-pixel” for the hot pixels reduction.
  • Skylum Luminar: Offers different ways to eliminate noise in a similar way to Lightroom.
  • Nik Dfine: Offers a relatively simple noise reduction plugin inside the Nik Collection pro package.
  • Noiseware: Plugin developed by the company Imagenomic. It is one of the simplest and most effective ways to get rid of the noise.
  • Noise Ninja: One of the most popular plugins to reduce noise for photographers. It is included in the Photoninja package.
  • Neat image pro: External plugin dedicated to the elimination of noise in photography.
  • Topaz Denoise: Anti-noise plugin using a smart function that analyzes and treats digital photography noise.
  • DxO Optics pro 11 elite: This software offers different algorithms and can be used both independently or integrated in Lightroom.


Reducing digital noise in Lightroom is simple so that is the reason why it is one of the most common software to reduce noise in Raw.

Its catalog and editing functions are very extensive, and, extraordinarily easy to use, which makes Lightroom the main editing software in the market.

In relation to noise reduction, inside the “Develop” module, there is a “Detail” section where we can find different sliders to reduce the luminance noise and to reduce the chromatic noise, with the possibility of adjusting the reduction according to our photography.

The price of Lightroom varies depending on the Adobe package. As a reference, the basic photography package (which also includes Photoshop) costs $9.99 per month.

As it is the most used software to reduce noise in photography, we have created a specific article about how to reduce noise in Lightroom.

Removing Noise in Photoshop

As we previously mentioned, noise reduction in Photoshop is the most effective technique to reduce and remove digital noise.

Using this software, we can make the noise reduction in Adobe Camera Raw, that use the same algorithm used in Lightroom, but with the enormous advantage of having the opportunity of applying these adjustments in a much more selective way.

In addition, we can use noise reduction filters, and other more advanced techniques to get rid of noise such as blending noise reduction or the stacking noise reduction.

Summing up, the possibilities to reduce and eliminate noise with this software are endless, and, following this, we have created an article on techniques to remove noise in Photoshop.

Like Lightroom, the price of Photoshop in the basic Adobe photo package is $9.99 per month.

Reducing noise in Capture One

Capture One has positioned itself as one of the best alternatives to Lightroom in recent years.

It allows to edit RAW files and also includes features to import Lightroom catalogs.

Its possibilities are very advanced and it offers more adjustments and options than Lightroom in the editing process. For its price and features, this software is usually aimed at professional photographers.

Facing the noise reduction in Capture One, in addition to settings like luminance or chromatic noise reduction such as those previously seen in Lightroom, Capture One includes a slider called ”single-pixel“ dedicated to the Hot Pixels reduction.

Its price is $299, so it is not an economic option unless you want to develop your entire editing process on this software.

Reducing noise in DxO Optics photolab 2 elite

As Capture One, this software is offered as an alternative to our editing workflow. It provides many camera profiles, local adjustments, and similar functions to Lightroom.

In order to reduce noise in DxO Optics Photolab, this software includes a function called “Prime Noise reduction” that has gained a lot of popularity in the photography world. In fact, many photographers use DxO to a large extent only for this function.

It can be used both independently or integrated with Lightroom.

The price of the basic version known as “essential” includes the famous “Prime denoising technology” for a price of $129.

Reducing noise in Skylum Luminar

The last alternative to Lightroom also offering a noise reduction module is Luminar.

Looking ahead to reduce noise in Luminar, in addition to the main functions we can do in Lightroom, we can make adjustments much more selective through masks and layers as if we were using Photoshop, that is –non destructively.

The noise reduction in Luminar is applied through a filter called “Denoise“, which will allow us to reduce luminance or chromatic noise, increase or decrease the overall effect through a “boost” slider and finally adjust the opacity to our desired level.

It can be used independently or as a plugin in Lightroom or Photoshop, and its price is $79, which makes it a very economical and interesting option.

Reducing noise in Nik Dfine 2

Within the Nik Collection package, one of its most popular extensions is Dfine 2, a plugin dedicated to removing noise quickly and easily.

In order to use the Nik Dfine noise reduction, we can manually select areas so the software can adjust the noise reduction and apply it more selectively.

This filter became very popular when Google started to provide the package Nik Collection for free with this plugin included.

Nik collection was purchased by DxO, and the package is currently priced at $69. It is used as a plugin for DxO Optics Photolab or for Lightroom or Photoshop.

Reducing noise in Noiseware

Plugin developed by Imagenomic.

Reducing noise with Noiseware is very simple since it offers the possibility of removing noise with a single click, without having to make measurements or adjusting parameters.

It offers different preset modes depending on the amount of noise we want to reduce.

It is one of the best plugins to eliminate noise in photography and the one I use on my workflow.

Its price is $79.95 and can only be used as an extension in Photoshop.

Reducing noise in Noise Ninja 4

The software Noise Ninja 4 is integrated into the package Photo Ninja. It is one of the most popular software dedicated to reducing noise for its effectiveness and preservation of detail.

Historically, Noise Ninja focused solely on noise reduction, but currently, Photo Ninja offers more functions as lights recovery or color enhancement.

The noise reduction panel in Noise Ninja is similar to other plugins, with the luminance noise and chromatic noise adjustments. It can be used both in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Noise Ninja 4 cannot be purchased separately, but within the Photo Ninja package, which has a price of $129, although they charge $59 for the upgrades.

Reducing noise in Neat Image pro

Neat Image Pro allows you to automatically analyze the noisier sections of the image and apply anti-noise settings to eliminate them. In addition, you can adjust the reduction through several sliders set on the software by default.

Reducing noise in photographic Neat Image Pro is simple, but you need to be careful so the adjustment does not have too many side effects on the sharp areas of the image.

We can use it as a plugin for Photoshop for a price of $39.

Reducing noise in Topaz Denoise

The plugin Topaz Denoise removes noise after analyzing our image by automatically getting rid of the digital noise in grainy areas while preserving the detail in areas where a strong reduction is not required.

We can adjust the noise removal through a number of preset settings and sliders as in most plugins.

Topaz Denoise can be installed both in Lightroom and Photoshop for a price of $79.99.

As you can see, the offer of software and plugins to remove digital noise can be overwhelming, so don’t be surprised if you ask yourself the following questions:


All the mentioned software are good at eliminating photography noise.

Just as a graphic comparison, I wanted to share this test I made, reducing the noise in the same image using the main anti-noise software in the market with a few notes:

-Graphic illustrations


The answer depends completely on the type of photography you do and the workflow you follow. Broadly speaking, I would advise:

  • If you are already working with Lightroom or Photoshop, you can take advantage of all the features they offer using a plugin that is simple and effective, such as Noiseware, Luminar or Noise Ninja; adjusting and making the noise reduction selective using Photoshop tools.
  • If you don’t use any photo editing software and Lightroom exceed your budget ($9.99 per month), you can start working with a cheaper photo editor that include noise removal tools such as Luminar or DxO Optics Photolab 2 elite.
  • ALL plugins and software seen in the last section offer free trial so you can download the different plugins, test them with your own images, and choose the plugin that best suits your needs.

Best Photo Noise Reduction Apps for smartphone photos

If you simply want to remove the noise in your iPhone or Android photos before sharing it in social media, do not worry, there are also many apps to reduce noise in your Smartphone photos.

Also, reducing noise in your mobile photos is quick and easy.

The problem is that most mobile applications reduce noise in general, applying a blur that leaves the image too soft and without detail.

Luckily, some apps use more advanced methods to remove noise in mobile photographs, using specific algorithms that eliminate noise selectively while keeping the maximum amount of detail.


In this list, I have compiled the best mobile applications to eliminate the noise available in Android and iOS.

Lightroom mobile

If you already have a license to use Adobe Lightroom, the mobile version of Lightroom has a noise reduction function, with the possibility of applying it through local adjustments.

The only downside is that this option doesn’t allow adjustments like the desktop version as luminance noise or color noise but it simply consists of one slider to apply more or less noise reduction.

If you are looking for an app fast and easy to remove noise, Lightroom is one of the best options.

Price: $4.99/month (mobile version) or $9.99/month (full version)

Noise Reducer Pro

App specifically designed to noise reduction.

It has numerous functions such as an automatic smart noise reduction that is performed with a single click, customizable settings to reduce noise and a before/after mode to see the anti-noise effect.

Price: Free


Snapseed is one of the most popular applications to edit mobile photographs.

It has an option to reduce noise, although this is limited to a single slider.

Price: Free

Best noise reduction apps for ios

In addition to Lightroom, these are the best noise removal apps for iPhone.


One of the best mobile applications dedicated exclusively to reducing and removing digital noise.

Designed by a company that is specifically dedicated to noise reduction, it has the most advanced technology to reduce noise while maintaining detail.

Price: $3.99


One of the top editing apps for iOS.

It has some features similar to those of Photoshop, such as the possibility of editing using layers.

Through its “clarity” function and softened details, you can eliminate noise in your mobile photos.

Price: $3.99


This Mobile application to reduce noise accepts a large number of formats such as RAW or TIFF and removes noise while keeping a great amount of detail.

Price: $4.99

Best noise reduction apps for android

In addition to Lightroom, these are the best app to remove noise for Android.


This application has a special function dedicated to noise reduction.

However, this option can only be applied when taking the picture with the mobile.

To do this, the app shoots two photographs and merge them automatically.

Price: $4.19

Jpeg Optimizer

This application focus on the compression of mobile photos, also has an option for noise reduction.

Price: Free

Image Noise reducer and enhancer

One of the most downloaded apps to reduce noise, although noise reduction is somehow basic and limited.

Price: Free


Printing images without noise is one of the main goals that we seek so the attention of the viewer is not diverted from the main elements of the image.

How to print photos without noise

In order to avoid noise in our photography prints, follow the next tips:

  • Use techniques to prevent noise when shooting, as this is the best way to have a sharp and clean print.
  • Remove the noise in your photography before making the print through one of the software recommended on this post.
  • Keep a close eye on the homogeneous areas of the image that take up a large space and have a uniform tone or color, such as clouds or water, as the noise will be more visible.
  • Keep in mind the size of the print, since the bigger the print, the more obvious the errors of the image will be, such a noise.
  • Consider the vision distance; even if the impression is of a large size, if it is going to be seen from a long distance, the noise will not be noticeable.
  • Print on paper of the best quality and use the surface that better adapts to the type of photography in order to avoid noise. On bright surfaces, noise often goes unnoticed.
  • Check with your lab your goal with your photography print. They can advise you the right size considering the noise of the image.


As you have seen throughout this article, noise in photography means having images with low quality that can affect the overall impression of our image. It is essential to recognize and to control noise in order to avoid it .

The key to avoiding noise in photography is to know perfectly the best techniques on camera, always shooting with the right settings and making sure that we are getting an image as clean and clear as possible.

There are cases where, due to circumstances as low light or lack of time, we cannot get the shot in the best conditions and our picture shows noise in one or several areas.

In these cases, it is recommendable that we know well all the anti-noise software and plugins and, especially, how to reduce noise in Lightroom and how to remove noise in Photoshop since they are the most effective tool to remove noise in our images.

Finally, if the noise is likely to be due to a technical limitation, my advice is to get photography equipment designed to avoid noise like large aperture lenses and Full Frame cameras.

If the budget is a problem, you can always rent the camera/lens for the photo shoot or trip through a photography rental company such as Lensrentals or buy second-hand gear through since they offer a 6-month warranty.

As the last tip I’ll tell you not to zoom until you find it because, in the end, all the photos have noise. Worry about fight it when it’s visible to the naked eye, but don’t get obsessed with digital noise.


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