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Old Feb 10, 2011, 1:32 AM   #1
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This is for Hans but I thought many more people may be interested too.

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Frogfish I didn't use any noise reduction what software would you recommend

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Oh Hans - you are going to love your shots after you've applied NR software !

What do you use Mac / Windows / Linux ? Many are available as standalone or as plugins for Aperture 3 or Lightroom 3.

Try these for starters :-

Topaz Denoise : (slow but excellent) (http://www.topazlabs.com/denoise/)
Nik's Dfine : (easier to use and has a noise brush to selectively apply NR)(http://www.niksoftware.com/dfine/usa/entry.php)
Neat Image : (http://www.neatimage.com/index.html)
Noise Ninja : (http://www.picturecode.com/)
Noiseware Pro : (I always loved this before I moved over to a Mac, very fast)(http://www.imagenomic.com/nwpg.aspx)
Aperture 3, Lightroom 3 and CS5 all have some NR tools built in.

I haven't used but some people recommend :
DxO Optics Pro : (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/dxo_optics_pro)
Focal Blade : (http://thepluginsite.com/products/photowiz/index.htm)
Colormancer : (http://www.colormancer.com/noise-reduction/)
PhotoDenoising : (http://www.springerlink.com/content/glx88666g711q11n/)
Portraiture 2 (http://www.imagenomic.com/pt.aspx)
Onone (http://www.ononesoftware.com/)

Free Programs :-
Noise Shampoo : (Windows)(http://photoshop.pluginsworld.com/pl...poo/rPage.html)
Colormancer Freeware version (http://www.colormancer.ca/free/downl...s/download.htm)
Ximagic (http://www.ximagic.com/d_index.html)
FocusForensic PictureCooler (http://www.focusforensic.shorturl.com/)
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Old Feb 10, 2011, 9:51 AM   #2
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Thanks Frogfish

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Another option you may want to look at is Bibble Pro 5.2

http://www.bibblelabs.com/

It includes Noise Ninja (and the Pro version of Bibble can also use the registered version of Noise Ninja). See more about how it works with Noise Ninja here:

http://www.bibblelabs.com/products/b...ols.html#ninja

Bibble is available for multiple operating systems (Linux, Windows, OS X), and with the Pro version you can use the same license key under more than one OS (for example, install Bibble Pro in Linux, Windows and OS X; only paying for one copy of it).

See the differences between Bibble Pro and Lite here:

http://www.bibblelabs.com/products/b.../pro-lite.html
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Old Feb 10, 2011, 2:06 PM   #4
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Actually Bibble Pro is great .. I actually preferred it to LR3 before I got A3. The interface is very similar to LR and so an easy transition for many people.
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Most (if not all, there's some on the list I don't know anything about) of the listed programs have trial versions you can download to try. I'd highly recommend doing that. The first noise reduction program I used years ago was Neat Image and really got on well with it. I kept reading how Noise Ninja was supposed to be so much better, so when I switched to Mac, I paid for it without trying it first - a big mistake. For some reason I just never got on with the program. Others could get very good results from it, but for some reason I never could. Later I tried Topaz Lab's DeNoise and it really impressed me - that's what I use now (ended up buying the entire suite, I don't use everything but have become very, very fond of ReMask and rarely use anything else but Detail for sharpening).

I haven't tried Nik's Dfine, but I love several other of Nik's plug-ins (Viveza and HDR Efex) and find them very easy to use.
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the topaz products come with free upgrade. so if denoise is upgrade, will not cost you to upgrade.
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Looks like I have a lot of investigation to do, Thanks All

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Kevin - You certainly did the research - that is an exhaustive list! (are you exhausted from researching it?)
PS - You mentioned that you used Noiseware Pro before changing to Mac. All recent versions of Noiseware Pro work on Mac (intel only). That is my NR software of choice, and it works great with PSE 6 on my macmini!

Hans - I agree completely with Kevin - noise reduction software is very useful. Often it's best not to apply to all of the photo - for example, try more extreme noise reduction to the background, and less to the main subject.
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Old Feb 11, 2011, 9:18 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the information, I am also interested in what PP people here use as I have enjoyed your images and know what cameras and lenses are being used.

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Noise reduction is always a balance - too heavy noise reduction will mean smeared details. Keeping the details sometimes means accepting more noise somewhere else. While DeNoise does a really good job of the compromise required. However, as Mole pointed out, sometimes you want more noise reduction in areas of a picture with no detail, and less where something is in sharp focus with lots of detail. The few times I've been faced with that with DeNoise I've made two layers, apply the different amounts to each layer, then use Topaz Lab's ReMask to select only the parts I want from one of the layers. I also use ReMask as a layer mask instead of a direct new layer, so if I decide later I want to change something, I can easily just paint black or white (depending) on the layer mask to change it. ReMask does all the "heavy-lifting" for the original selection.
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