Always try to reduce noise with your camera settings by lowering your ISO, have adequate light, and use noise reduction on long exposures. In less than ideal conditions, you'll run into unwanted noise. Let us show you how to fix it after your photo is all mucked up.
If you can go back to your raw file, try reworking your file in Adobe Lightroom, or Adobe Bridge. A minor adjustment to your 32 bit file can be just what the doctor ordered. For this tutorial we are going to assume you have hours of work into your .PSD, and going back to raw isn't an option. Or there is too much noise for minor tweaks. We are going to use the Reduce Noise filter, so you'll need Photoshop CS2 or higher to follow along.
There are a few different types of noise. We are going to focus on removing Luminance Noise, simply because other types of noise aren't as common with SLR cameras. We can't remove noise without loosing quality, so always keep your edits to the bare minimum.
Keep in mind, at Solid Stock Art, depending on the image content we may allow a little noise. Try uploading before you edit to see how we feel about that particular photo.