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What Noise Reduction do you use?

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by Wasabi Bob, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    I've been a loyal user of Imagenomic's Noiseware noise reduction software for several years. Although not the most aggressive, I find it retains more fine detail compared to other products.

    Noise Ninja is more aggressive, but I found that it destroys too much fine detail.

    Would you be so kind as to share your experience with the products you use for noise reduction?

  2. walt_tbay

    walt_tbay Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I Use LR3 to reduce noise. It seems to work OK :smile:
  3. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    I use LR3 to remove colour noise. But generally I don't bother with luminance noise reduction. I find that noise is LESS distracting than the smearing and loss of detail NR gives when applied aggressively. If I do need it I'll use Nik Dfine to reduce noise locally rather than a global approach.

  4. banana101

    banana101 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 5, 2011
    Out of interest: how much does reducing noise actually matter? I've never really reduced noise in a photo, usually I do the opposite and add some for a grainy effect!
  5. I don't touch noise but then I am not a high ISO user. I agree with flash re: smearing being worse than noise.
  6. shinobi

    shinobi Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 11, 2010
    I take pictures with noise filter off, and noise reduction at auto (only kicks ins at 1 second and slower, still important for night shots on a tripod).

    I can then selectively clean out noise, if desired, using Dfine with Photoshop. The key word is selective, it's about control of your own picture.

    For example, I can apply the noise cleaning on the blurred background only, not the main subject. Or some spots that need to be cleaned up a bit.

    The smearing caused by the in-camera noise filter is high to my eyes, even at normal levels. What a waste to use sharp lenses if it's going to be filtered anyway across the whole picture.

    However, not really a problem at all for in-camera noise filter if posting little pictures only on the internet and do not intend to do anything more with the picture.
  7. Robert Spoecker

    Robert Spoecker Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2010
    NoiseNinja Sample

    Here is a sample of what NoiseNinja did with a previous image that I posted. It was done in the fully automatic batch mode. I do not know what else I could ask for in noise reduction.

    Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)
  8. Glenn S

    Glenn S Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2010
    I use Topaz Labs Denoise 5 and am very satisfied with it, you can try it for free.
  9. JohnMetsn

    JohnMetsn Mu-43 Veteran

    I guess everybody has different preferences how they want their picture look after noise reduction. Just for reference I added to your picture one processed by LR3 by my preference :) 

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