Beginner Sports at night, high iso help

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Hi all

Done a midweek football match last week, very poor lighting with only 4 flood lights (one each corner)

I was bouncing around the 20,000-25,600 range to get 1/640 shutter and I have a load of noise as I thought I would.

Any software or good info to help me remove or make these more respectable ? Or is this just far to much to ask from the D500?
 
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I prefer Imogenic noisewhere. A few years back I did a proper comparrison of all the ones I could find. Noisewhere came out best for me (I've no connection with the company) That was a few years back and stuff may have changed but it's the one I use. I cant do a comparrison but I was playing with a Nikon D3400 last week and was really supprised by it's high iso images, really impressive at 6400 iso. Might be worth you taking a look how it compares with what you have, I don't know the Nikon range these days, last one I had was a D3/700/d2x
 
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the problem with using too strong noise removal..as above. is a plastic doll look...You can also lose some facial features which isnt good if the person in the pic sees it and thinks you ahve removed a mole or summat .... I just use dust/scratches in photoshop.. reducing the size also helps..

Try to fill the frame when shooting.. then you can reduce the size and that does a better job than any software IMHO :)

Also remeber.. from a night football match some noise is acceptable if not expected from a non league ground ..
 
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the problem with using too strong noise removal..as above. is a plastic doll look...You can also lose some facial features which isnt good if the person in the pic sees it and thinks you have removed a mole or summat .... I just use dust/scratches in photoshop.. reducing the size also helps..

Try to fill the frame when shooting.. then you can reduce the size and that does a better job than any software IMHO :)

Also remeber.. from a night football match some noise is acceptable if not expected from a non league ground ..
Appreciate that, thank you, i know your the man for this sort of thing, few below basic noise stuff, but only Lightroom, acceptable? maybe?

Wincanton v Longwell Green
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Wincanton v Longwell Green
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Wincanton v Longwell Green
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I think content is probably more important than technical excellence, photographing a night match for me is more about getting something the fans might want to look at, and getting the ‘night match atmosphere’. When I look at my old stuff I never think about sharpness or even focus, just composition and relevance, and how it makes me ‘feel’...

Clearly just my thoughts, absolutely feel free to ignore,

Mike
 
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I think content is probably more important than technical excellence, photographing a night match for me is more about getting something the fans might want to look at, and getting the ‘night match atmosphere’. When I look at my old stuff I never think about sharpness or even focus, just composition and relevance, and how it makes me ‘feel’...

Clearly just my thoughts, absolutely feel free to ignore,

Mike
Thank you, i never ignore anything, if you've taken the time to post, the least i can do is listen and tbf i agree now I've done a few more, even the 3pm KO is floodlit before the end, so it's getting to be a daily thing.

as you can see from this one at 16600, im much more confident with whats 'acceptable' now, not technically the best but acceptable im my eyes.

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Thanks for that, not easy covering football is it? It’s even harder if you don’t know the players and their likely moves. Corners and free kicks are good opportunities, I used to be on the goal line shooting up as they go for the usual header, shooting at an upwards angle helps with the background too along with a wide aperture to get rid of anything distracting...

Mike
 
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