The One Blemish in a Perfect Photo

Long exposure photography is fascinating. You can photograph wonderful star trails, picture perfect fireworks, smooth out water, create silky reflections, capture striking lightning, and stunning sunrise and sunsets with long exposure.

Night on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge

Unfortunately, the sensor will heat up during a long exposure, which will result in noise—a regretful blemish in an otherwise perfect photo.

Wildlife photography is challenging in the opposite way, which demands a fast, even the fastest shutter speed, and in exchange, a high ISO.

A high ISO is crucial to get the photographer prepared for fast moving animals before the unpredictable action starts, because no-one is fast enough to change ISO and shutter speed while the action is happening, and a high ISO also ensures an f/stop that will give you enough depth of field to get the creature in focus while you concentrate on the action.

While long exposure and high ISO achieve results in opposite ways, they have one by-product in common—noise, because the camera amplifies the image signal in proportion to the ISO speed.

Amazingly, wildlife photographer Richard Costin was able to capture these brilliant photographs and let’s see how he accomplished this.

Richard Costin Wildlife Photography

Richard Costin Wildlife Photography

The Heavy Tripod you Hate Carrying

Landscape photography demands high proficiency in many techniques plus a heavy tripod you carry (or hate carrying) all the time. Actually tripods sometimes aren’t even allowed in certain places. When holding your camera in your hands, you often have to increase ISO and shutter speed to keep everything sharp and in focus, which means you have to deal with noise.

However, photographer Ralph Rayner was able to achieve this awesome shot without a tripod.

Ghost Train

Ghost Train: Handheld multiple HDR and long exposure of the Brunel Railway along the Devon Coastline enhanced with Topaz Adjust and Denoise.

The Flash that “Damages” Art

Not only are tripods prohibited in some archeological sites, so is flash. But it’s not the end of the photography world.

What if you don’t have to worry about noise as you don’t have to worry about weather? What if you don’t have to carry a bulky tripod or worry about photographing that once in a lifetime moment for the bride at a church wedding without flash?

This is when noise reduction software comes into play. Best noise reduction software will eliminate the maximum noise while preserving or even enhancing the maximum details.

No More Noise Headaches—Just Watch this 8 Minute Video Comparison

Researching, comparing, and deciding on the best software is always time-consuming. This quick yet informative 8-minute video of a live comparison of 5 leading noise reduction programs will save you considerable time and you will be able to get rid of your heavy gear and unleash your freedom and creativity with full confidence right after 8 minutes.

Live video comparison of 5 leading noise reduction programs

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About The Author

is a photography enthusiast and a frequent traveler who truly appreciates every tiny beauty of life and has traveled extensively around the world. She finds herself keen on a unique type of photography and calls herself a culture photographer. Her passion is Paris where she has been to more than once, living as a Parisian. She has walked big streets and small alleys in Paris, and every inch of the city has given her inspiration. She has a Paris collection on and a Paris travel blog at

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