I'm editing photos but the photographer was quite new and he took photos using Olympus OMD EM5II at 1/400, ISO 5000 and at f3.5 resulting in a underexposed noisy image. (The photos are raw.)

I tried searching youtube and googling on proper noise reduction techniques in Photoshop and Lightroom but it seems the photos are still dirty or look fake.

Can someone suggest a proper way to treat these photos? Or a workaround at least?

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    \$\begingroup\$ could you post a sample image or part of image. It would be hard to help you because your Q is very general, and also because "photos are still dirty or lools fake" is subejctive \$\endgroup\$ Jul 27, 2018 at 1:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ Does How to brighten photo taken with low light/fast shutter without worsening noise? help? \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Jul 27, 2018 at 6:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ What was the situation where the photos were taken, and how underexposed are the images? The exposure settings you give should result in reasonably-decent brightness in a typical well-lit interior, and this camera has a modern sensor with the potential to produce great results (even with apparent noise) at ISO 5000. (See e.g. examples here.) \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ you can probably recover a less-noisy BW image from the green channel, blue is where most of the noise usually comes from. \$\endgroup\$
    – dandavis
    Jul 30, 2018 at 22:04


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