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Old Dec 24, 2008, 11:26 AM   #1
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Thanks to the comments and advice on this forum, I went ahead and bought the FX28. I have handed down my trusty FZ20 to my 19-yo son, after having taken about 10,000 shots with it.

My first use of the FZ28 was to take photos of a rock band in concert at a small venue. Yes, I know I could have picked an easier first subject, but I couldn't resist trying out the ISO800 and 1600. I took 160 photos, of which maybe 10 were good and one was very good. I was experimenting with white balance, ISO, shifting, minimum shutter, etc.

I'll post the good images later.

My question is this: what do you use for postprocessing? I want to reduce the ISO800 noise (although it was pretty good) and reduce the size. I have been using IrfanView for a year or so for shrinking and cropping. I've used PhotoShop, but I think that's overkill for what I want. I have heard about Photoscape. Is it different/better than IrfanView?

I only recent heard of Neat Image for noise reduction and have downloaded the free version. I will likely buy the Home version, unless someone here advises otherwise.

What else do people do to photos regularly besides crop/reduce/sharpen/saturate/de-noise; and what do you use?

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Old Dec 24, 2008, 12:11 PM   #2
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Personally, I use ACDSee Photo Manager 10 andI do use Neat Image for noise. I take a lot of photos with my FZ-28 in low light level situations. I have attached a sample photo. The photo does look posed but it was not. She was being introduced and waiting to play.
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Ok, here is one of the "good" photos I took. It was a 5-piece band, and these two are brothers -- nephews of mine. The intention is to frame this and present it as a celebration gift. This was a CD release party, and they were playing songs off their new CD.

F/4.5, 1/8s, ISO 800, Tungsten, 36mm. Neat Image for noise reduction, IrfanView for size reduction and sharpening.


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Elliot-

You photo looks good. Please don't be discouraged with your initial low light level shooting experience. Low light level shooting requires practice and developing a technique that works for you. Yours is a good start. It will look good matted and framed.

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