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User currently offlineCor From South Africa, joined Mar 2007, 14 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 6844 times:


This is a follow up to my question about blue sky.

Which noise reduction programs are the best to get rid of grain and noise. I know about Topaz and Neatimage. Topaz tends to produce bands in blue sky.

Thank you

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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 12146 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6746 times:

I can only tell you what I use. For my noisier shots, I use Adobe Camera Raw for Photoshop CS5 for RAW editing. The noise reduction tool there is pretty good, I think.

I haven't tried any standalone NR programs or plugins.

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User currently offlinemartin54 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2007, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6721 times:

I use the Neat Image plug-in for Photoshop Elements. Results are good when used in moderation.

User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 5072 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6674 times:

Noise reduction is always part of my initial workflow using Adobe Camera RAW for CS5 (or Lightroom 3 which has the same raw editor).

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User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2962 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6618 times:

What photo editing software are you using currently? The noise reduction that comes with PSE is basic but effective.


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User currently offlinedlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 561 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6510 times:

I find Helicon Filter to be very effective: http://www.heliconsoft.com/heliconfilter.html

User currently offlineckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 813 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6468 times:

I use Adobe CS5 for noise reduction. I think there is a benefit to applying noise reduction at the point of conversion from RAW as the system has the maximum data possible to work with, hence reducing the chance of banding or other unwanted artifacts from appearing.

However I'm not sure it is the best noise reduction. For major tasks I use neat image which offer more control (but this is more for extreme photography - max ISO, poor light).

For light clean up of skies etc. ACR works best for me.



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User currently offlineEpten From Macedonia, joined Sep 2007, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6203 times:

I am really fond of Noise Ninja, I am truly amazed with the results. Some of the images that got accepted here looked like unusable rubbish with no hope of fixing. Imo much better than ps5 built-in nr.

User currently offlineDubi From Slovenia, joined Mar 2006, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5940 times:

Neat image plugin for Photoshop. I download prepared noise profiles for my EOS7D for various ISO. And I always delete half of noise. It takes 10 seconds to get rid of noise.

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