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Noise reduction

Posted 24/10/2016 - 16:05 Link
I have just returned from a weekend trip on my son's boat to further celebrate my birthday. The photos I took on Saturday are all at ISO1600 despite it being a bright day. Result is noisy photos.
Which program do you prefer to remove noise? I have the Nik collection but don't much like results when I use that. Topaz maybe? Any other suggestions.
I am kicking myself for not being more careful. It's totally my own fault, it was the morning after the night before, and I wasn't as careful about things as normal - the ISO dial obviously got turned while I was moving about the boat and I didn't notice. Now I need to rescue some of the photos if I can.
Posted 24/10/2016 - 16:46 Link
Hi Gywn,

I prefer the Nik collection noise reduction personally, I don't have the settings to high and my Pentax is pretty good noise wise up to 12,000 ISO anyway, ( PM me for my email address ) ping me an image and I'll run it through as I would for you.

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Posted 24/10/2016 - 17:01 Link
Hi Gwyn

There is a deal on Franzis Denoise Projects this month - see right. I have just downloaded it but not tried it yet and it looks - how can I put it - comprehensive! I find that Lightroom does a decent job for most applications but this promises a bit more.
Posted 24/10/2016 - 17:05 Link
Many moons ago I used the standalone demo version of Neat Image It my be worth a try as it is free, but with restrictions. link
I just use LR now

Posted 24/10/2016 - 19:02 Link
Thanks everyone. I use Photoshop Elements, not Lightroom.
I admit I'd forgotten about the Franzis DeNoise offer. I think I'll give that a go.

Hopefully I have learned my lesson, but I suspect not .
Meanwhile the kids have all produced great photos with their phones
Posted 22/02/2017 - 11:46 Link
I bought Franzis' Denoise and it does seem to be comprehensive. I haven't had to use it much, but can give reasonable results with the default setting. Perhaps sometimes a little too much softening, needing to manually select less. But there are a lot extra controls which I haven't had time to even look at properly yet. Certainly good for the price.

However, I do have an issue with Franzis, who could be deemed "less than entirely honest".
I refer to their "SHARPEN Projects", which looked interesting at first. Then I realised the ridiculousness of their claims, two examples in particular. One of children at a party; the "sharpened image" shows wisps of hair in perfect sharpness. Yet the "so called" original is so blurred that there is no trace of anything capable of being recognised of what could be a hair in need of sharpening - FAKE.
The other example is of a ballet dancer flying through the air. The "sharpened image", perfectly crisp and sharp, shows she is wearing some black see-though fabric. Yet the original has so much motion blur that it's unclear what this grey smudge even is, let alone a sheer fabric - FAKE.

If Franzis are going to stoop to such tactics, then they should at least use more discretion and not over-do the fakery to the point of absurdity. They obviously think we are morons, to be easily taken in. I suggest anyone thinking of purchasing from Franzis, not to part with any money until having done a good free trial first. They are obviously not a company to be trusted.


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