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March 6, 2011


If you are looking for editing techniques and methods to process land-based photos of the stars from your DSLR- you are in the right place. I have recorded multiple videos of my editing process from RAW import to JPEG export. We will go over noise reduction, light pollution, color changes, exposure balance and plenty other things.

We will be using Adobe Lightroom 3 for the editing in these tutorials. I have chosen this program, because in my opinion, it has the most powerful, effective, and easy to use Noise Reduction capabilities along with innovative, custom editing functions and intuitive use- all in one program! I have no affiliation with Adobe or Lightroom in anyway. It is simply my preferred editing program.  If you do not own this program, you can download a free, fully functional, 30 day trial directly from Adobe. Follow the link below:

As with all the other tips and techniques in these tutorials- this is not an exhaustive collection of all methods to edit astrophotography photos- it is instead a collection of techniques and methods that I use- and all in Lightroom 3.

The biggest issue we all have with images of the night sky is High ISO Noise. Our long exposures of the stars and landscape at night are pushing our cameras to the limits of their abilities, so we must understand that there will be a compromise in quality when pushing our equipment beyond it’s normal parameters of regular operation. As camera makers continue to create new technology that see better into the dark, sensors with more dynamic range, and algorithms better managing ISO noise reduction- we will get closer and closer to a clean, noise free image shot at ISO 6400. I believe it will happen some day. It’s just a matter of time. But, until that time comes, we will have noisy, grainy images when working with extremely high ISO’s. We are left to do our best in managing that noise in post production. I do NOT have the end-all answer on how to completely eliminate noise in post. But, I have learned how to dramatically lessen it, clean it up, and put attention on other elements in the picture so the noise is not so apparent. In these video tutorials, I show you how to do so in a repeatable way. I do not go into detail on how to spend 5 hours editing a star picture to enter into a competition. I think you can appreciate that is not possible in this setting. But, I do believe you will pick up some great techniques to put in your deck of cards for editing landscape star photos.

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