Article by Guest Blogger Joel Tjintjelaar

TOPAZ DENOISE, THE PERFECT PLUGIN FOR GETTING RID OF NOISE FOR LONG EXPOSURE ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY.

As a black and white photographer specialized in architectural, black and white and long exposure photography, I frequently run into noise issues when taking long exposure photographs. Especially in low light conditions and longer exposures, chances of having noise in your photographs are very likely.

There are several plugins available to get rid of the noise but I’m very picky to what I choose as a tool. Getting rid of the noise is one thing, but retaining all the details, especially in architecture, is another thing. You don’t want to lose all the details, just the noise. And that’s exactly where some plugins are better than others. I need a good balance between reduction of unwanted noise on one hand and retention of details on the other hand. And preferably I need a lot of control so that I can accurately target a specific kind of noise in my image without affecting the rest of the image. For an architectural photographer this balance is essential. I’ve tried many plugins but the last few years I prefer to use Topaz DeNoise as it gives me very good results.

Of course the best thing is to avoid noise, something I succeed in, in the last few years, but it can’t always be avoided. And sometimes I like to add a bit of noise, in especially skies, to get that analog look.

Let’s have a look at a few examples.

Example 1: Visual Acoustics XI – Silence and Light – Pantheon – Rome

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Julia Anna Gospodarou_Like A Harp's Strings I - Overture_1500px, Fine Art Architectural Photography by Julia Anna GospodarouLike a Harp’s Strings I – Overture

An accomplished architect and fine art architectural photographer, Julia Anna Gospodarou has added another feat to her list with the completion of the book From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography, an educational read on black and white photography (written with co-author and award winning B&W photographer, Joel Tjintjelaar).

In this interview, read about everything from Gospodarou’s tips for successful daytime long exposures, why she prefers the square crop for fine art photography and what features she finds most essential in Topaz B&W Effects.

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Topaz:

Whether it’s architecture, landscapes, portraits, or still life, you work exclusively with black and white photography.  What draws you to black and white photography, and more specifically what makes you choose this over color photography?

Joel:

First of all there’s just something special about B&W photography, it has something mysterious, something nostalgic and something dramatic to it. There’s so much beauty in the simplicity of using just monotones. Furthermore I know from myself that I have this ability to express myself far more effectively in Black and White than I could ever do in color. That was my initial explanation for myself.

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