Dealing with Noise in RAW?
I get the importance of shooting in RAW and the editing capabilities that it provides. The only thing I am struggling with is the noise of my RAW files in comparison to JPEGs. My pics are super noisy in RAW and I reduce the noise in LR to a suitable place when zoomed it, but when I zoom back out their skin looks so fake (overly flawless). I guess I am reducing the luminance noise too much? But it seems if I reduce color, contrast or detail noise it doesn't make much of a difference. I am especially confused as to why the outdoor, sunny pics are so noisy because I probably had ISO 100 out there! I increase the recovery amount in hopes that will get back the detail, is that correct? Do I need to sharpen more? I appreciate any advice.