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Noise reduction program

Marvin Sodicoff , Apr 28, 2012; 09:47 a.m.

Do you have a favorite noise reduction program? I am presently using the 50D and 7D.


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Scott Ferris , Apr 28, 2012; 10:16 a.m.

With well exposed images (normally slightly overexposed) shot in RAW I find Lightroom very good to any iso. For underexposed images I find DxO Optics Pro 7 more effective for noise reduction, but I don't like the interface or file handling of the program so only use it for problem images.

Tumpal Manurung , Apr 28, 2012; 10:21 a.m.

They say "noise ninja" you have to pay for it, therefore I think it might be true. But I use wavelet denoise or GMIC... on GIMP and that's just because Viewnx can't do it. Don't know about the rest, I've stopped using Photoshop and it's companions since college .

Randall Farhy , Apr 28, 2012; 10:34 a.m.

Lightroom 4, and Topaz Denoise 5- the latter is a plug-in that owrks through Photoshop or Lightroom interfaces. Denoise is nice because it has presets for Jpeg and RAW files, and uses several individual sliders for color and highlight/shadows. It also has grain and de-blur settings along with luminance options for working a file.

Teo Sirbu , Apr 28, 2012; 11:02 a.m.

Had very good results vith Neat Image .It's pretty good

David Cavan , Apr 28, 2012; 11:12 a.m.

+1 for Topaz Denoise - used it as a plug-in for Lightroom as well as Corel Paint Shop. Like all denoise programs it is going to take some of the "sharpness" out of your photo, so you have to decide what the acceptable compromise is.

G Dan Mitchell , Apr 28, 2012; 11:12 a.m.

"Back in the day" I used some of the third-pary noise reduction programs. I tried several and ended up purchasing Noise Ninja. However, the noise reduction capabilities of the newer versions of the usual post-processing applications have plenty of power to handle this without buying third-party products, and I have not had to use Noise Ninja in several years now.

Frankly, the need for the third-party stuff is very, very limited. Before you go there, exhaust the capability of the program you already have and make sure you understand the techniques you can apply there.


Richard Hatch , Apr 28, 2012; 11:34 a.m.

I also like the NR in LR4. However, if I'm working on something special I like both selective sharpening as well as selective NR. Rarely do I want NR for the complete image. I've been using the NIK software package that works well as a plug in for LR4 and CS5/6. You can get the NR separate (Define 2.0).
There are many ways to accomplish NR in both LR4 and CS5 without any third party plug in... I've used them and they work.
For my purposes when factoring in my time vs money for gadgets the plug-in wins....
When I started shooting with the 5DMK II my desire for NR went way down.... I'm sure the 5DMIII will even further reduce my desire for NR. :)

li hao , Apr 28, 2012; 11:57 a.m.


Dennis Zaebst , Apr 28, 2012; 12:02 p.m.

Hello Marvin,
I rely entirely on LR4. It's noise reduction and sharpening algorithms are so good I haven't felt the need for a third-party or plug-in. Something that hasn't been mentioned so far is that LR4's adjustment brush has sharpening, noise reduction, and moire reduction sliders. That means you can work locally to sharpen/denoise/remove moire in one or more specific areas within the photo. Below is a screen capture from LR4 adjustment brush panel.

LR4 Adjustment Brush sliders

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