Noise Reduction- What's your fav?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by spaceboots06, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys,

    Just thought it would be good to collect and share the best noise reduction plugins for photoshop or applications themselves.

    I personally think that Imagenomic's Noiseware Pro is by far the best. It has been nothing but fantastic every time I have used it. What do you guys like?
     
  2. JohnMC macrumors 6502

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    I personally like Nik Software's Dfine 2.0, but it is also the only one I have used. I would be interested to know what other people use and like too.
     
  3. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    personally i have a cusom photoshop action that stops at the point when i adjust the amount if blur and fade to reduce noise in the dark areas which at that point are all selected and prepped. It has worked wonders for me so far and i have never seen the need to get something else.
    //F
     
  4. joro macrumors 68020

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    Dfine is great, I use as well through Aperture!
     
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    I use Dfine through aperture as well! I have tested noise ninja side by side with Dfine and in my testing ( your millage may vary ) it proved to work better and still give fairly sharp images over noise ninja.
     
  7. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    i have used noise ninja only so far. dont mind trying others but noise ninja seems to do great for me
     
  8. tony-in-japan macrumors regular

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    Noiseware Pro plug-in is simply MAGIC! :)

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  9. canonguy macrumors member

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    From what other Pro's have told me... Genuine Fractals seems to be the standard. I don't use anything... but I have been told that this is the only way to go.
     
  10. JohnMC macrumors 6502

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Genuine Fractals was for image enlargement not noise reduction or removal.

    John
     
  11. canonguy macrumors member

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    no your right, i was wrong. occurred to me after posting
     
  12. anubis macrumors 6502a

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    Noise Ninja works extremely well if you use the noise profiler tool and build a custom noise profiler for your camera... I can get about 2 stops noise improvement without any noticeable degredation in sharpness
     
  13. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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    Noise Ninja and Neat Image are quite good, and work about the same way. I can't tell any difference from one to the other. After using both, I bought Neat Image, not because it's better than Noise Ninja, but because I got a nice school discount for the Pro version. I could have gotten a similar discount from Noise Ninja (I imagine), but only needed one of the two applications.

    Neat Image allows for having total control of the amount of noise reduction one wants. Here are some of the features available with the Pro version (v. 4.7). I use it with PSE6, but it also works with CS4, etc. It's just a Plugin like PSE's "Reduce Noise" feature. Neat Image appears at the bottom of the "Filter" menu in PSE. PSE's "Reduce Noise" appears approximately half-way down the filters. The Pro version supports both 8 and 16-bit images, while other versions only support 8-bit images. That's why I purchased the Pro version. I don't remember how much I paid for the plugin, but a full version that is not discounted costs around $60.00, I believe.

    Please note that I am not advertising this product whatsoever. I am certain that Noise Ninja works just as well as Neat Image.
     

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