Using Adobe Lightroom and DxO Optics Pro 10 to Edit An Almost Deleted Photo (Video)

I had a few long distance shots of the Short Eared Owl that, due to high ISO, I almost deleted. They had a fair amount of noise and because I had to crop in, the noise was too much to be able to edit it.

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However, I thought I’d let DxO OpticsPro 10 have a go at reducing the noise and as always it delivered. I was so impressed how it cleaned up the noise that I thought I’d show a complete workflow of the post editing.

The video maybe useful for any one else editing, but also may be a good watch for any non-photographers to see how a photo evolves through it’s post processing stage from it’s RAW format to it’s final published copy. For more information on RAW files and post processing, please see a post I made quite a while ago – RAW, JPEG and why Lightroom isn’t Cheating.

Here is the image that the camera captured, it’s a conversion to JPEG without any post processing

Original RAW
Original RAW

The photo cropped to the same as the final photo.

Raw Cropped to same as final photo
Raw Cropped to same as final photo

Cropped tight to show noise

Close-up showing noise
Close-up showing noise

So, the photo is ok considering it’s shot at ISO3600, however, the noise on the Owl is hiding the detail and if I was to make some adjustments to the photo, the noise would also get adjusted and become far more visible.

Here is the photo that I uploaded to Flickr and as you can see, there is a big difference

{Click image for a higher resolution, click Flickr Link in caption to view photo on Flickr}
Recovered Image - {Flickr Link}

Here is the video of the post processing workflow – Sorry about the quality of the audio, I was using a new Mic and I didn’t setup the gain properly.

{Remember to watch in HD if possible}

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