Noise Reduction Software

I always had problems when processing RAW image files especially the ones shot at night time or during low light situation.

And of course, a lot of it were refused by DT.

We all know that we should try to use low ISO setting to lessen the noises, but sometimes we just cant help it and had to increase our ISO settings to get the correct exposure. And the results will more often than not, ended with a picture that is full of tiny grains.

I was advised to try and use this software, Neat Image to reduce noises.

I have tried it and so far it works great, user friendly and easy to use.So far, I have no complain.

Appreciate if you guys could share your thought on how to reduce grain and noises.

Cheers all.

(Note: I did not use the software to correct noises on both the above photos, but since I have to add pictures to this blog post, made compulsory by DT. I chose the two just to spice up this entry. ;).

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October 06, 2011

Maphotoszainy

DT is always refused my photos because of noise reduction and I have tried to use Neat Image but it doesn't work great. I may need to learn more about it then it may works greatly. I will try again. Thanks guys

September 20, 2011

Mariaam

Thanks for the info!

September 19, 2011

Akulamatiau

Yelo34: Thanks for the feedback. Appreciate it!

September 19, 2011

Yelo34

I have use it for a long time and it is great. Sometimes is better to reduce noise in a layer and then reduce the opacity to get a more natural effect.

September 19, 2011

Akulamatiau

Martinedegraaf: I am sure it will. Thank you for sharing your cool tips.

September 19, 2011

Martinedegraaf

When using any noise reduction method in photoshop, it is always wise to only apply it to those parts of the image wich benefit from the proces. Reducing noise will always increase unsharpness and leave a bit of a plastic feel, also in places that you want to be razor-sharp and fully detailed, e.g. a face or the eyes.

A very easy way to apply the filter locally is to select the noisy area's (mostly dark and unfocussed area's) and hit CTRL-J. Applying the proces on the copied layer will leave unselected area's alone. You can also first create a copy-layer (again with CTRL-J), apply the filter and then erase those parts on wich you do not want the reduction.
Hope that helps!

September 19, 2011

Akulamatiau

Peanutroaster : Thanks for sharing.

September 19, 2011

Akulamatiau

M4rio1979: Great!

September 19, 2011

M4rio1979

already tried Neat Image and yes, this program really gives good results. Now i will try this Noise Ninja and Topaz Denoise also.

September 19, 2011

Peanutroaster

I use Topaz DeNoise plug in for Photoshop and the noise reduction built into Lightroom 3.

September 19, 2011

Akulamatiau

Ilposeidone: hopefully this one works for you. You may also want to check suggestions from others in their comments. All the best.

September 19, 2011

Akulamatiau

Alerizzo78: Thanks! will take a look at your suggestion.

September 19, 2011

Ilposeidone

thanks! i will try this one, I've tried some photoshop plug-in but it seems they don't work so good... they reduce the noise and the grain of your images but on the other side of the medal you loose definition and particulars... not worth the game... keep shooting!

September 19, 2011

Alerizzo78

Neat Image works nice. You may also want to try Topaz DeNoise: it works great in my opinion!

September 19, 2011

Akulamatiau

Llareggub: Thanks for the valuable insight. I heard about Ninja but chose to use this one instead. Will check it out though.

September 19, 2011

Akulamatiau

Dar1930: Hope you like it.

September 19, 2011

Llareggub

I've never heard of neat Image but I use the Noise ninja plugin for photoshop which I find pretty cool. It allows you to select part of the image with a lasso tool and run one level of noise reduction there and then invert the selection to run a different level somewhere else.

Itz is great for running a high level of reduction on an OOF background in a higher ISO image but run a lower level where you need detail kept :D

September 19, 2011

Dar1930

I try out this. Thank you

September 19, 2011

Akulamatiau

FabioConcetta:Just sharing :)

September 19, 2011

FabioConcetta

Thanks for the tip! I'll try!

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