Stacking for noise reduction

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Dudley Hanks, Oct 22, 2008.

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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    Hi Folks,

    Not being an expert in Photoshop, I'm trying to figure out the basics.

    I've heard that, if one takes a number of identical pics and "stacks" them
    in Photoshop, one can obtain an end image with less noise.

    I'm wondering what steps are involved in this process so I can ask my son to
    give it a try.

    Appreciate all the help I can get.

    Dudley Hanks, Oct 22, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    In this example, they show a high ISO shot but why use high ISO if
    you're on a tripod? I don't think this technique is very useful in
    normal photography... maybe if your camera only does 30 second exposures
    & you've got something very dark. Astrophotography isn't normal photography.

    Paul Furman

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    Paul Furman, Oct 22, 2008
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    Mark Thomas Guest

    In what context, Dudley? You might find dark-frame-subtraction (which
    is a built-in feature of some cameras, or can be done manually) helps
    also, depending on what he is shooting.

    Registax is often mentioned by astronomers, but I haven't used it, only
    dark-frame occasionally...
    Mark Thomas, Oct 22, 2008
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    The technique is a bit different, Paul, but my A720 is a bit noisier than
    I'd like, even at 100 ISO. I thought I'd try the technique to see if it can
    improve the quality of some of my pics. Since I do a lot of low-light work
    without any movement, I'm hoping that stacking will give me quality closer
    to that of a DSLR.

    Take Care,
    Dudley Hanks, Oct 22, 2008
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    Thanks for the links, Alan. They are just what I was looking for. Your
    Google query was much more presice than the one I tried and yielded much
    better links.

    Take Care,
    Dudley Hanks, Oct 22, 2008
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    trouble Guest

    If you are tripod based you may get the kind of results you are looking for
    with HDR processing in a program like Photomatix--the Photoshop version
    leaves much to be desired.
    It is best to use identical images obtained with different exposures, at
    least 3 but it can be more depending on your desires/experience.
    You can use Photomatix to process as HDR images differently processed
    versions of the same image, particularly useful if you are beginning with a
    raw image, probably useless if you are using in-camera mutilated jpegs.
    trouble, Oct 22, 2008
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    Pete D Guest

    If you just want to do stacking and do it easily then try a little program
    called "registax".


    Pete D, Oct 23, 2008
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    Take Care,
    Dudley Hanks, Oct 23, 2008
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