What do you mean by my "image is grainy"?
Grain in an image is when there “noise” or a “sandy” texture, is visible throughout the image. We typically see three types of grain.
- Digital Camera grain
- Film grain
- Black and White image grain
See below for a more in depth exploration of each type of grain:
Digital Camera Grain
This type of grain is typically caused when you try to take a picture without a flash in low light, or the image was taken with the front facing camera (most often used for selfies). If lighting is not optimal the camera adjusts for the low light by increasing the ISO setting. The front facing camera on your typical cell phone does not take as high of quality shots as the back facing camera.
We’ve contacted you about digital grain because we are concerned your image will not look great when enlarged and that the grain will cause a distraction. We can’t really remove the grain so we’ll either need a new image, or hear from you to proceed with the grainy image. If you need assistance sending us a new file click here.
Images shot on film are apt to have some noise that comes through when enlarged. We typically will proceed with images that have film grain. If we do contact you about an image that has film grain, it is typically because the image is also soft or a bit out of focus.
Black and White Grain
Many black and white images have some grain. Our experience is that grain is inherent in many black and white images. We typically proceed with these images.