NoiseNinja - who's used it? Any other recommendations?

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by keith204, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,643
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Bolivar, MO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    So now I am pushing some 20x30 prints for the race pictures I take. I have gotten some 400ISO pictures blown that big and they look GREAT.

    Now I have a customer wanting a 20x30 of a night-time shot. At night at the races, I really have no option but to use 1600 ISO since I am maxed out at f/2.8 the whole time... (separate issue)

    So, the 20x30 they want is a 1600ISO image. whewwie..that could be crazy. I certainly need to reduce the noise..

    Heard about Noise Ninja... is it good? how good? is it easy? how easy? who has used it? are there alternatives? what alternatives?

    If you were in my shoes, what would you do?
     
  2. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,643
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Bolivar, MO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    This is the picture I'll be blowing up. Obviously a higher quality, not watermarked, version.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. JDS

    JDS TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Messages:
    592
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Oakdale, TN
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I've used Noise Ninja and it works well.. But popular opinion is that NeatImage is better
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,818
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Neat Image, is one that I have tried. It seems to work fairly well but it does kill some of the small detail...which may not be a problem with this shot.

    There are ways to combat noise in Photoshop (if you have it)...just Google it and see what comes up.
     
  5. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2007
    Messages:
    5,327
    Likes Received:
    264
    Location:
    The Upper West Side of Mississippi (you have no i
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Have you tried resetting the color to Lab Color and tweaking and smoothing the lightness channel? (by smoothing I mean gaussian blur in the filter menu - start at around 1.0 ) ((you can use the history brush to paint back in any fine detail in faces and logos))

    Don't forget to change it back. ;)
     
  6. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Messages:
    14,491
    Likes Received:
    206
    Location:
    Europe 67.51°N
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    A vote for NeatImage here
     
  7. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,643
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Bolivar, MO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I need to add---

    This is not the only image I will put through noise reduction, so I am looking for a technique/method/etc that will work very fast... where I can just simply make a couple clicks without thinking, and the noise will be reduced.

    (if possible) maybe I am asking a bunch. All my night shots (at the track) are 1600 ISO and I'd love to be able to put them all through a batch deal.
     
  8. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2007
    Messages:
    5,327
    Likes Received:
    264
    Location:
    The Upper West Side of Mississippi (you have no i
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    You can do the Lab trick and record it as an action and it won't cost you a dime. (if you are using photoshop that is ;))
     
  9. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,643
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Bolivar, MO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Great, and I am using photoshop, so I will give it a try! Thanks!
     
  10. doenoe

    doenoe TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Messages:
    4,267
    Likes Received:
    23
    Location:
    Hoorn, The Netherlands
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    i used Dfine2.0 a little while ago. Was a demo, so i could only use it for 15 days or something. But i was pretty happy with it. You can pick multiple points which have noise, so you got more control.
    You can google it and try it :)
     
  11. harkain

    harkain TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2007
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I love to do stuff in photoshop myself and create actions and such. Creating an action for certain techniques can work but you have to set points in the action where you can make adjustments (like for gaussian blurs).

    But I have to admit that I like Noise Ninja and I use it for most images. If you learn how to use it properly, it works very well. The only time I resort to other means of noise reduction is when the image is very important and the level of noise is very high.
     

Share This Page