I am thinking about starting an occasional blog about photography and some of the images i capture. If you would like to see more of this (or not, Robert, stick to animals!) let me know. I am thinking of running some photo courses later in the year as well. This image was shot last week at ISO 10,000 in the early dawn light, waiting for him to fly. If that means nothing to you, don't worry.... I simply increased my camera's sensitivity to light, which normally results in a dull, grainy image.
But this image is still useable, as there are distinct elements and a process to getting better at low light photography. Case in point, above, there are 7 steps to ensure less noise in your photos.
One of the best ways to improve your images is to do a bit more post production....much as you may resist or hate it.
This important step that often puts people off: "post production"...woah, that even sounds like you need an engineering degree. Actually, it is almost as simple as pushing one of the creative preset buttons on your phone. I do not use photoshop (yet)....and I only take about 30 seconds per image for 99% of the images I use/that you see on this blog. I normally crop, move 4 sliders around and done....but the difference in image quality is amazing.
I use Adobe Lightroom. Its cHK$80 per month for an online subscription. It is very intuitive, and there are great free tutorials to help you get started.