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Old Feb 11, 2011, 9:21 PM   #11
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I have used Neat Image, very nice since you can download camera profiles, but it was very slow on the computer I was using. I now use Noiseware Standard, not all of the features of Pro but still very good, and very fast.

For editing I use a number of programs, I have the original version of PSE on my old laptop, PSE 5 on my wife's Vista laptop (that is s story in itself) and PSE 6 on my laptop. I also use Picasa extensively (this one is free from Google), it does very basic adjustments and resizing for the web. I also have Lightroom 2.5 which I just use as a RAW converter most of the time (I have the Pentax software installed but rarely use it, I use Picasa for RAW conversions if there is no need for tweaking since it is fast and simple). In recent weeks I have been taking a more serious approach to pp and I am using PSE 6 much more since it is so much more precise than Picasa for sharpening and adjustments.
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Old Feb 12, 2011, 2:27 AM   #12
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Ha Ha - no Mole, not exhausted at all. I think probably qute a few of us on here are like this (or maybe it's photographers in general). Once we start something we get more and more into the details .. so I wanted the list to be more or less comprehensive.

Noiseware Pro - does work on a Mac but only as a plug-in for PS or LR I believe. It doesn't work with Aperture 3 unfortunately. When I had it on a PC it was in fact a standalone free version - did a great job way back then.
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 10:46 AM   #13
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I have both Topaz Denoise, and Nik's complete bundle for Aperture. Topaz does an excellent job on a whole image. The thing I really like about Nik's Dfine is that you can selectively apply noise reduction to the area's that actually need it. Most the time those are shadow area's, so most of the main image is left untouched. Another thing I really like is the split screen to compare before, and after. You can drag the bar across the screen to wipe the effect right over the original. I find this approach to be better overall, but that means a little more work. If I had to pick only one i'd go with Nik's Dfine.
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 6:50 PM   #14
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Thanks for all your input. I have tried several of the freeware plugins to PSE 9 and stand alone Picturecooler. The NR in PSE 9 leaves a little to be desired. The plugins enable selective NR using layers and seem to work quite will. I think I will keep working in this direction and save by not purchasing software yet and put the savings into a new body with lower hi iso noise like the Kr.

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