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Noise Reduction Shootout: Straight Dope Comparison Review

NOTE: This article is a few years old. Most of the products mentioned here have newer refined versions. They arr all viable options. Look over our review. But also check out the latest offerings from each company and see what they offer.

by Gavin Seim. Updated 04/2010: Even with cameras getting amazing at high ISO, low noise images, there’s still room in our kits for good noise reduction software. It allows us to push the limits and keep our images clean and vivid. Nearly every serious photographer should have a good noise reduction tool in his arsenal. That said I don’t think we need to use NR all the time like we did in the past. A little noise is not always bad, especially the more appealing grain like noise coming from today’s cameras. I keep various NR tools on hand however so if I want to reduce, their ready to go.

Today the showdown has come. I see lots of talk about what’s the best noise reduction software, but mostly it’s all talk. Rather than just talk, I’ve made comparisons. Lots of comparisons. I’ll give you examples with various products, images, cameras and ISO settings, including some HDR. At the end I’ll give my final opinions of each product and let you decide for yourself. Let’s get started.

The Contenders:
Neat Image VS Noise Ninja VS Noiseware VS Dfine VS Lightroom VS Topaz Denoise VS Photoshop:

All tests were made using the Photoshop plugin versions of the products but some are available as standalone apps. Settings varied, but I used mostly default settings and automatic profiles, with occasional tweaks to get the results I felt looked best. This means these images represent the results you would get with a single pass and minimal hassle.

Often I found that one product maybe great on one image, while another product may work better on the next. Tweaking the settings would perhaps improve results a little depending on the image, however I wanted a real feel of the results we’ll get everyday. You can click any image for a large view, but some results are similar so you may want to download the large image bundle linked below.

Download all HR Images in bundle

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1_1-5d2-3200-none 1_2-5d2-3200-dfine 1_3-5d2-3200-neat 1_5-5d2-3200-topaz

1_6-5d2-3200-noiseware 1_7-5d2-3200-cs4 1_8-5d2-3200-lr

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Pro Photography Podcast #54, No Spammy Jerks:

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Today’s topics: Industry & PPS news. Getting your photography noticed.
Host: Gavin Seim ~ Seim Studios

Here Is Podcast #54 forum discussion:

Show Notes & Links:

The Canon 5D MK2 firmware 1.07 is available.

Also here’s some 5D MK II High ISO samples I posted.

PPS contest winners & sponsors are announced here.

Gavins’ Interview on pieces of the picture.

Planning an HDR workshop in Washington. Also thinking about going to Ireland next winter. Email Gavin you have thoughts on Ireland, or are interested in attending the workshop.

Check out the OnOne Plugin Suite4 Straight Dope Review.
OnOne has given PPS’ers a 20% off discount good till Feb 28th.
Use Promo Code PRPHT2

I’ve started the HDR portrait & wedding group on Flickr, as well as the Incredible HDR group. You can also join the main PPS Flickr group.

Follow Gavin on Twitter.

Power Workflow 2.2 presets have been released.
Use Promo Code PPS to save 15%

My new wedding photography site is working well.

Here’s the bridal show booth picture and info.

Pocket Wizards and Radio Poppers are RF add on’s instead of using built in Infrared on your flash.

Canon RC1 remote works on 5D MK II. It’s cheap too. I’m getting one.

Gavin ordered the Black Rapid strap.

Lightroom 2.3 beta is on available Adobe Labs.

Let’s talk about online galleries and photo selling.
Smugmug
, Zenfolio, Exposure Manager, Instaproofs, Collages. Even install your own with somethihg like Pictures Pro.
What do you like and why?

Pro Photography Roundtable Podcast #10 ~ Pet’s, Pew’s & Nature

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Todays Panel:
Gavin Seim ~ Seim Studios

Dennis Zerwas ~ DZ Photography

Paul Walker ~ Paws Pet Photography
Erik Guggenheim ~ CopperBreaks.com

Scott & Adina Hayne ~ Hayne Photography

Notable Time Indexes:
3:55 News & General Talk
52:33 Scott & Adina on selling Weddings & Portraits
1:04:06 Paul on Pet Photography
1:14:25 Erik on the Nature business

Listeners can Save with these codes:
15% from OnOne software with promo code PRPHTPC
15% on Seim Effects with promo code FALL

Roundtable 10 Forum Discussion:

Links:
Kodak Launches Ektar 100. Yep real film

5D MK2 is here

Pet Photography NOW: by Paul Walker

On This Earth: Photographs from East Africa: Nick Brandt

Orphan Works act may be dead

Freebies on the Seim Effects Facebook fan page.

Some articles of note…
90 seconds to better photography
Managing LR catalogs and images for Pro’s

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Picks of the week:
Adina:
Shoot Cue Studio Software

Scott: Brinkmann Maxfire Dual Xenon Spotlight

Paul: Our Peaceable Kingdom: The Photographs of John Drysdale

Eric: Molar Bean Bags

Dennis: Moon Phase for iPhoneLed Headbeam Lamp

Gavin: Good Printable Disks: Taiyo Yuden Water Shield Printable CD & DVD –  Overnight Prints for postcards and bussiness cards.