Noise Reduction Software

posted on 19th of september, 2011

I always had problems when processing RAW image files especially the ones shot at night time or during low light situation.

And of course, a lot of it were refused by DT.

We all know that we should try to use low ISO setting to lessen the noises, but sometimes we just cant help it and had to increase our ISO settings to get the correct exposure. And the results will more often than not, ended with a picture that is full of tiny grains.

I was advised to try and use this software, Neat Image to reduce noises.

I have tried it and so far it works great, user friendly and easy to use.So far, I have no complain.

Appreciate if you guys could share your thought on how to reduce grain and noises.

Cheers all.

(Note: I did not use the software to correct noises on both the above photos, but since I have to add pictures to this blog post, made compulsory by DT. I chose the two just to spice up this entry. ;).

Comments (20)

Posted by Maphotoszainy on October 06, 2011
DT is always refused my photos because of noise reduction and I have tried to use Neat Image but it doesn't work great. I may need to learn more about it then it may works greatly. I will try again. Thanks guys
Posted by Mariaam on September 20, 2011
Thanks for the info!
Posted by Akulamatiau on September 19, 2011
Yelo34: Thanks for the feedback. Appreciate it!
Posted by Yelo34 on September 19, 2011
I have use it for a long time and it is great. Sometimes is better to reduce noise in a layer and then reduce the opacity to get a more natural effect.
Posted by Akulamatiau on September 19, 2011
Martinedegraaf: I am sure it will. Thank you for sharing your cool tips.
Posted by Martinedegraaf on September 19, 2011
When using any noise reduction method in photoshop, it is always wise to only apply it to those parts of the image wich benefit from the proces. Reducing noise will always increase unsharpness and leave a bit of a plastic feel, also in places that you want to be razor-sharp and fully detailed, e.g. a face or the eyes.

A very easy way to apply the filter locally is to select the noisy area's (mostly dark and unfocussed area's) and hit CTRL-J. Applying the proces on the copied layer will leave unselected area's alone. You can also first create a copy-layer (again with CTRL-J), apply the filter and then erase those parts on wich you do not want the reduction.
Hope that helps!
Posted by Akulamatiau on September 19, 2011
Peanutroaster : Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Akulamatiau on September 19, 2011
M4rio1979: Great!
Posted by M4rio1979 on September 19, 2011
already tried Neat Image and yes, this program really gives good results. Now i will try this Noise Ninja and Topaz Denoise also.
Posted by Peanutroaster on September 19, 2011
I use Topaz DeNoise plug in for Photoshop and the noise reduction built into Lightroom 3.
Posted by Akulamatiau on September 19, 2011
Ilposeidone: hopefully this one works for you. You may also want to check suggestions from others in their comments. All the best.
Posted by Akulamatiau on September 19, 2011
Alerizzo78: Thanks! will take a look at your suggestion.
Posted by Ilposeidone on September 19, 2011
thanks! i will try this one, I've tried some photoshop plug-in but it seems they don't work so good... they reduce the noise and the grain of your images but on the other side of the medal you loose definition and particulars... not worth the game... keep shooting!
Posted by Alerizzo78 on September 19, 2011
Neat Image works nice. You may also want to try Topaz DeNoise: it works great in my opinion!
Posted by Akulamatiau on September 19, 2011
Llareggub: Thanks for the valuable insight. I heard about Ninja but chose to use this one instead. Will check it out though.
Posted by Akulamatiau on September 19, 2011
Dar1930: Hope you like it.
Posted by Llareggub on September 19, 2011
I've never heard of neat Image but I use the Noise ninja plugin for photoshop which I find pretty cool. It allows you to select part of the image with a lasso tool and run one level of noise reduction there and then invert the selection to run a different level somewhere else.

Itz is great for running a high level of reduction on an OOF background in a higher ISO image but run a lower level where you need detail kept :D
Posted by Dar1930 on September 19, 2011
I try out this. Thank you
Posted by Akulamatiau on September 19, 2011
FabioConcetta:Just sharing :)
Posted by FabioConcetta on September 19, 2011
Thanks for the tip! I'll try!

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