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EVERY MONTH WILL FOCUS ON DIFFERENT THEMES, check out the themes of the current month in the Gallery
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Every month: Surprise Us folder + rules



:bulletpink: Your request to be a group's member will be accepted automatically.
Just click the "Join our Group" button!
:bulletyellow: Photography ONLY
(we might as well accept Photomanipulations if really well done)

:bulletblue: Fitting one of the monthly themes will not be enough for your work to be accepted.
Pieces may be declined because: scraps, unfinished art, blurry, grainy, noisy, badly composed, over or under exposed, poor colour, or simply poor overall quality, as well as being submitted to the wrong folder.
Images with the dA watermark will be declined.
Remove works from an old folder and re-submit in one of new folders is NOT allowed.

:bulletpink: Please submit only your best work. .
:bulletyellow: All submitted photos must be taken by you.
:bulletblue: Submission limit has been set to 3 submissions per day.
:bulletpink: Pornography, violence, racism, etc. are NOT ALLOWED.
:bulletyellow: Offensive behaviour won't be tolerated, respect the admins and the other members, thank you!
:bulletblue: If you would like to affiliate with us, send us a request!
:bulletpink: If you have any doubts or questions, feel free to note us ;3
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presenting to you...May's Themes + 'Surprise Us' folder

:love: Baby Animals & Insects/Invertebrates
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Rules for BABY ANIMALS
:bulletpink: You may submit Photography and Photomanipulations into this folder;
:bulletpink:The main subject of every work must be BABY Animals, every kind of animal is accepted (see the "Example Photos" below to have an idea of what we're looking for)
:bulletpink: New and old works are welcome. However, we do encourage you to submit newer stuff if you can;
:bulletpink:You may only submit your works into the BABY ANIMALS folder;
:bulletpink: You may submit up to 3 works per day;
:bulletpink: Admins will be voting based on theme relevance, image quality, impact and vision.
:bulletpink: You MUST be a Member of our group to submit art here.


EXAMPLE PHOTOS of what we are looking for:

inquisitive cub by ariseandrejoice
We are Family.... by thrumyeye
Sweetness by CheckAvailability
sleep. by arazugur
puppy by Maaira




Rules for INSECTS/INVERTEBRATES
:bulletblue: You may submit Photography and Photomanipulations into this folder;
:bulletblue: The main subject of the photo must be all kind of invertebrates, insects (see the "Example Photos" below to have an idea of what we're looking for)
:bulletblue: New and old works are welcome. However, we do encourage you to submit newer stuff if you can;
:bulletblue: You may only submit your works into the INSECTS INVERTEBRATES folder;
:bulletblue: You may submit up to 3 works per day;
:bulletblue: Admins will be voting based on theme relevance, image quality, impact and vision.
:bulletblue: You MUST be a Member of our group to submit art here.

EXAMPLE PHOTOS of what we are looking for:

118.Platycnemis pennipes by Bulinko
winter sun by lisans
black beetle by indojo
Robber fly - Laphria saffrana by ColinHuttonPhoto
blue paradise by all17



Rules for the Surprise Us folder:

:bulletblue:This folder is meant for works of art of exceptional impact and quality, pieces that do not fit any of the monthly themes but that are so brilliant and well-done that we could hardly decline them;
:bulletpink:Any subject/theme is allowed;
:bulletblue:Please keep in mind that submissions to the Surprise Us folder are really expected to surprise the admins, which means that only extraordinary pieces will be accepted. The admins are going to be very strict when voting on submissions to this folder and common reasons for declining are:

:bulletblue: Over or Under Exposure
:bulletpink: Bad lighting conditions
:bulletblue: Blurriness / Lack of sharpness due to focus issues
:bulletpink: Excessive noise
:bulletblue: Poor composition
:bulletpink: Poor technique
:bulletblue: Lack of impact
:bulletpink: Disturbing watermarks because too large or covering relevant parts of the image (e.g. the official dA watermark)

:bulletpink: You may submit Photography and Photomanipulations into the Surprise Us folder;
:bulletblue: New and old works are welcome. However, we do encourage you to submit newer stuff if you can;
:bulletpink: You may submit up to 3 works per day;
:bulletblue: You MUST be a Member of our group to submit art here.

How to: Reduce noise in your photograph

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 4, 2016, 6:25 AM


I often see photographs pass by covered in sometimes a very, very thick layer of noise, and I always ask myself:
"Why did the photographer choose not to remove it? Is it because they don't know how to?"

Noise is something that, in my opinion, can definitely break your photograph. Most people love to see clear, crisp shots and if a photograph is covered in noise.. it is quite often, here on deviantArt, that your work will not be accepted in to groups just for that very reason. I am not a big fan of noise either. There obviously are occassions where "noise" works well, if used correctly, however, that is not usually called noise but "grain". Let's take a look at the difference between noise and grain before we move on:

ISO 3200 by Yuukon
This is noise. In this case, caused by a high ISO setting. 

Untitled by Yuukon
This is a grain. 

Can you see the difference between the two? Noise often brings some of his friends along in the form of some ugly and weird colour patches in extreme cases, but even with lighter cases, you can see them when you zoom in. Grain is much "cleaner", and used decoratively. It often works extremely well in black and white photographs to achieve the "old photograph" effect. 

In this tutorial, you will learn about removing that cheeky bastard called "noise" (and also his friends).

Since there are many software out there, I decided to go with what is most "popular", Adobe Photoshop, and one of the free Noise Reducing software on my Photography Resources List, "Neat Image".

So if you don't have Photoshop, scroll down to the second part of this tutorial!


PHOTOSHOP

STEP ONE.
Let's start off with opening our noisy photograph up in Photoshop. In this case, I am taking the example noise photograph I used above. It should look something like this:
Ss+(2016-04-04+at+10.11.10) by Yuukon
When you open this screenshot, you will see that I opened my .CR2 file in Photoshop. This is the format Canon uses for RAW files. If you use Nikon, this will be a .NEF file, and with Sony this is likely .SR2. Every brand has a different file extension, but in the end, they're all RAW and they work the exact same way. (If you want to learn more about RAW, keep an eye on my Photography 101 course, I will be doing a chapter on that soon.)

STEP TWO.
First off, it helps to zoom in so you can see more details, like how the strong the noise on your photography really is...

Ss+(2016-04-04+at+10.20.51) by Yuukon
In this case: very strong.

STEP THREE.
Let's locate the option to reduce noise in Photoshop.

FILTER - NOISE - REDUCE NOISE
Ss+(2016-04-04+at+10.23.29) by Yuukon
Go ahead and click it!

STEP FOUR.

Once you've clicked on "Reduce Noise", you will see this:
Ss+(2016-04-04+at+10.25.29) by Yuukon
In this window you can play with the settings and figure out what cleans up your image. In cases of noise as strong as in this case, it's not always possible to clean it up all the way, though it will definitely improve the quality of your photograph a LOT. You just have to be careful not to overdo it, or you might experience some loss of detail (There is always a catch!). 

When I was done, it looked like this:
Ss+(2016-04-04+at+10.30.42) by Yuukon
Quite the improvement, right? Even though I didn't get it all, it looks a lot better now!

You can take a look at the photograph here:
Untitled by Yuukon


However, not everybody has photoshop, which is why I decided to pick one of the free software of my Photography Resources List to show you in there as well.

NEAT IMAGE

(download HERE)

STEP ONE.
Let's open the photograph in Neat Image
Ss+(2016-04-04+at+10.40.26) by Yuukon
As you can see, this looks a whole lot different than Photoshop, however, this program is solely for the purpose of reducing noise, so there is nothing else you can do with it. But, that's totally okay. 
As you can see, I opened a .JPEG version of this file in Neat Image, this is because the demo version of Neat Image that we can use for free has some restrictions, and one of them is that you can not open RAW files in it. This is not a problem, noise reduction also works on .JPEG, but my recommendation is to always work on RAW files if possible. 

STEP TWO.
Pick a "noise profile"
In the top, you can see all these little "tabs", "Input Image", "Device Noise Profile", "Noise Filter Settings" and "Output Image". We will need to click on "Device Noise Profile". 
Ss+(2016-04-04+at+10.46.33) by Yuukon
As you can see, we have acquired some new buttons underneath the tabs. Let's do this the lazy way and let the program figure out the noise profile for us. 
Click on "Auto Profile".

Ss+(2016-04-04+at+10.48.13) by Yuukon
The program will pick up a piece of noise and "analyze" it. 

STEP THREE.
Click on the tab "Noise Filter Settings", next to the tab we clicked in step two.
Ss+(2016-04-04+at+10.51.02) by Yuukon
After you click, the software will start to filter your image. Depending on the size of your image and the specifications of your computer, this can take a little while. Be patient! 
When it's done, it will say "Filtered" in the top right corner of the image, as you can see in my screenshot. This is also the point where you can tweak some of the settings if you are not satisfied with what the software has delivered to you, these settings are on the right side of the program. 

STEP FOUR.

Once your satisfied with your image, click on "Output Image". This is the part where we save the image to our harddrive. 
Ss+(2016-04-04+at+10.54.05) by Yuukon
The software will filter the image again here, also to apply your new settings if you have changed any. I haven't, in this case. 

Now you click on File - Save Output Image As... or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+S. 
Ss+(2016-04-04+at+10.55.15) by Yuukon
Pick the location where you want to save your image, and hit save. 

This is the result I got:
IMG 9463 filtered by Yuukon


That's it! Easy, right?
I hope this helps, and if you have questions, please ask them! 

If you want to learn more about Photography, make sure to check out my group PhotographyGuide
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This tutorial was made for the following groups:
:iconphotographyguide: :iconwereallylovephotos: :iconthemedgroup:
Do you want it in your group as well? Feel free to request it!





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presenting to you...April's Themes + 'Surprise Us' folder

:love: Birds & Macro
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Rules for BIRDS

Pink Square Bullet by Kawiku You may submit Photography and Photomanipulations into this folder;
Blue Square Bullet by Kawiku The main subject of every work must be BIRDS, every kind of bird is accepted (see the "Example Photos" below to have an idea of what we're looking for)
Purple Square Bullet by Kawiku New and old works are welcome. However, we do encourage you to submit newer stuff if you can;
Yellow Square Bullet by Kawiku You may only submit your works into the BIRDS folder;
Green Square Bullet by Kawiku You may submit up to 3 works per day;
Red Square Bullet by Kawiku Admins will be voting based on theme relevance, image quality, impact and vision.
Pink Square Bullet by Kawiku You MUST be a Member of our group to submit art here.


EXAMPLE PHOTOS of what we are looking for:

Puffin promenade by FreyaPhotos
Little owl - Athene noctua by RichardConstantinoff
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) by Sergey-Ryzhkov
Cygnet by linneaphoto
.:: Fly little Robin ::. by Whimsical-Dreams



Rules for MACRO
Pink Square Bullet by Kawiku You may submit Photography and Photomanipulations into this folder;
Red Square Bullet by Kawiku The subject of every work must be MACRO, also close-up will be accepted. (see the "Example Photos" below to have an idea of what we're looking for)
Purple Square Bullet by Kawiku New and old works are welcome. However, we do encourage you to submit newer stuff if you can;
Yellow Square Bullet by Kawiku You may only submit your works into the MACRO folder;
Green Square Bullet by Kawiku You may submit up to 3 works per day;
Blue Square Bullet by Kawiku Admins will be voting based on theme relevance, image quality, impact and vision.
Pink Square Bullet by Kawiku You MUST be a Member of our group to submit art here.

EXAMPLE PHOTOS of what we are looking for:

Feminine Beauty by lindahabiba
Phidippus pruinosus by ColinHuttonPhoto
The world seen from his eyes by FrancescaDelfino
Splash 2 by endprocess83
little drop on pencil by lichtschrijver


Rules for the Surprise Us folder:

:bulletblue:This folder is meant for works of art of exceptional impact and quality, pieces that do not fit any of the monthly themes but that are so brilliant and well-done that we could hardly decline them;
:bulletpink:Any subject/theme is allowed;
:bulletblue:Please keep in mind that submissions to the Surprise Us folder are really expected to surprise the admins, which means that only extraordinary pieces will be accepted. The admins are going to be very strict when voting on submissions to this folder and common reasons for declining are:

:bulletblue: Over or Under Exposure
:bulletpink: Bad lighting conditions
:bulletblue: Blurriness / Lack of sharpness due to focus issues
:bulletpink: Excessive noise
:bulletblue: Poor composition
:bulletpink: Poor technique
:bulletblue: Lack of impact
:bulletpink: Disturbing watermarks because too large or covering relevant parts of the image (e.g. the official dA watermark)

:bulletpink: You may submit Photography and Photomanipulations into the Surprise Us folder;
:bulletblue: New and old works are welcome. However, we do encourage you to submit newer stuff if you can;
:bulletpink: You may submit up to 3 works per day;
:bulletblue: You MUST be a Member of our group to submit art here.
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