What do you do when you have terrible light? I mean terrible indoor overhead florescent light where you have to shoot RAW, max out your ISO and are still underexposing so there is no blur? I go black and white. It’s the only thing to do when you have that much noise. I really wish I had made a jpeg copy of the Raw file for a before shot. It was terrible! Lots of noise all over and very underexposed. I was aiming for a decent edit but I am actually pretty happy with what I got considering what I started with.
For post processing I tried to keep the noise down in Adobe RAW by darkening the blacks and using a variety of lightning sliders to get a decent exposure. I also reduced the noise in RAW using their noise reduction. Then I transferred it into Elements and used Coffeeshop’s Chocolate Black and White. I almost maxed out the lighten layer and kept everything else about the same. It is a bit dramatic with the strong contrast but I like it.