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Topaz AI 2 or DxO PureRaw3 or ?????

Posted 01/10/2023 - 15:09 Link
What do folk use/recoment to improve sharpness and decrease noise pls?
I use Dx0 PureRaw2 at the moment with my RAW files.
This Short Eared Owl flew around last Monday at RSPB Bempton but - as you would expect - never close enough to get great photos with my 50-300 PLM lens
Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

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I know that sometimes these AI progs can overdo things a wee bit . . . .
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Grumpy GrandPa, Recently Retired.
Gotta K-3iii now, had a K-S2, K50 and so suffering from a relapse and so buying digital camera kit.
Previous addiction has resulted in using Zeniths, Yashicamat, Chinons, Minoltas, Samsungs, Fujis, Cosina, Kodak, Lumix, Canon, Nikon and Pentax etc etc - have tried most makes in the past 50 years. Love cameras - love taking photos even more
Edited by GrumpyGrandPa: 01/10/2023 - 15:28
Spad
Posted 01/10/2023 - 16:45 - Helpful Comment Link
TopazAI is well woth the money...

This is an image I did to show frieds what it can do.

Before Denoise...
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After Denoise....
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The Legendary Terry Pratchett once said:
At the beginning there was nothing... which exploded
Edited by Spad: 01/10/2023 - 16:45
PRYorkshire
Posted 01/10/2023 - 18:13 - Helpful Comment Link
When I have a particularly noisy or photo lacking in sharpness I use Topaz Photo. It generally works well and the ability to manually adjust the strength of the adjustments and the preview makes it easy to use. For minor adjustments I use the noise reducing and sharpening functions in Adobe CameraRaw.
Paul

K1000, Espio 140, ist, istD, K70, K3iii and numerous lenses, just don't tell my wife.
Lubbyman
Posted 01/10/2023 - 20:38 - Helpful Comment Link
Spad wrote:
TopazAI is well woth the money...

This is an image I did to show frieds what it can do.

But look what it's done to the spots (reflections?) on the surface of the water.... UGH!!!

Steve
Posted 01/10/2023 - 21:12 Link
Lubbyman wrote:
But look what it's done to the spots (reflections?) on the surface of the water.... UGH!!!
Steve

Look what it did to my very distant owl on a post in my original post!!!!
Grumpy GrandPa, Recently Retired.
Gotta K-3iii now, had a K-S2, K50 and so suffering from a relapse and so buying digital camera kit.
Previous addiction has resulted in using Zeniths, Yashicamat, Chinons, Minoltas, Samsungs, Fujis, Cosina, Kodak, Lumix, Canon, Nikon and Pentax etc etc - have tried most makes in the past 50 years. Love cameras - love taking photos even more
Posted 01/10/2023 - 23:49 - Helpful Comment Link
What a great thread, looking forward to other contributions.
Be well, stay safe, but most of all, invest in memories
PRYorkshire
Posted 02/10/2023 - 10:35 - Helpful Comment Link
Link to my previous post where I used Topaz Denoise on some very high ISO shots of night time illuminations at Hardwick Hall.

https://www.pentaxuser.com/forum/topic/hardwick-hall-illuminations-66754
Paul

K1000, Espio 140, ist, istD, K70, K3iii and numerous lenses, just don't tell my wife.
Lubbyman
Posted 02/10/2023 - 18:09 - Helpful Comment Link
Over a decade ago when phones didn't rule and digital cameras were still the thing to have, John Riley wrote some 'beginners' articles on this site about how to sharpen digital images. Here they are:
- https://www.pentaxuser.com/article/photoshop-sharpening-technique-262
- https://www.pentaxuser.com/article/sharpening-method-in-photoshop-263
A few years later, he started a 'sticky' thread in 'General Digital Photography chat that expanded on the articles and wandered into what other people did for sharpening. Here it is:
- https://www.pentaxuser.com/forum/topic/sharpening-in-photoshop-38623

Does anyone fancy producing an update on sharpening that takes into account developments over the last decade ?

Over to you, folks ...

Steve

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