Salvage Operation: Is There Any Hope for an ISO 6400 Image?

Insects, Lightroom, Tips

Before (1/100, f/22, ISO 6400)

The extreme ISO 6400 maxed out my camera, as I wasn’t using flash, and wanted a high aperture to make sure everything was in focus, front to back, top to bottom. However, after downloading the picture and seeing the poor image quality, it looked as if there was little chance of redemption. I usually avoid ISO higher than 200 if at all possible, because I hate the low quality pictures it can produce, but I wanted to see if Lightroom can, when pushed to the limit, correct the problem, at least to an extent where it makes the image acceptable if not ready for sale.

(1/100, f/22, ISO 6400)

Size

Original: 3456 x 5184
Cropped: 2500 x 2500

Detail

Sharpening

120
1.0
25
0

The sharpness was cranked up high, but not to the limit.

Noise Reduction

100
50
0
0

Noise Reduction at its limit.

Effects

Post-Crop Vignetting
+100
+22
+100
+97

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