This is another article in my Jumping Spider; Jumping through the edits series. To see all of the steps I recommend you look at this article which references each of the individual articles.
As part of my editing the Jumping Spider photo, I needed to address the noise which was inherent in the photo using Topaz Denoise AI. Because the image was shot handheld, and the spider was moving I needed to have as high a shutter speed as possible which meant that I needed to increase the ISO.
In the end, I opted for an ISO of about 2000 which struck a good balance between minimising noise, whilst also allowing a faster shutter speed. The issue was however, that using an ISO of 2000 on my Nikon D610 does create noise as you can see below (harder to see in this image, but mainly around the black bits):
Whilst the noise was not enough to ruin the photo, it was enough for me to want to deal with it. Traditional noise editors however tend to have a significant impact on sharpness, so I didn’t want to take that approach and instead opted for using Topaz Denoise AI. The image was fed into Denoise AI and was tweaked using the Denoise AI mode.
Whilst it is a little harder to see in this example, the noise was most pronounced on the shadow areas of the image. Using Topaz Denoise AI allows me to remove the noise from these shadow areas without having a significant impact on the details within the specific areas.