Fri 24-Feb-12 04:24 AM | edited Fri 24-Feb-12 04:32 AM by KnightPhoto
I use the noise reduction in 'File/Adjust' since I can apply it locally to skin using a selection control point. Be careful that you may have to unselect the NR option in 'File/Adjust' to start with if you had NR turned on in camera.
The NR available via 'Camera Settings' is not very useful since you can only apply it globally and I generally abhor the loss of detail that NR causes.
So what I do is: - I click once on the 'Selection Control Point' in the top bar of Capture NX2. Next I click on the tone I want to noise reduce (in this case I select skin, perhaps on the face). - Immediately the selected tone glows green to show the extent of the local tone selection that the adjustment will be applied to. - I can propagate the green selected tone to other areas of the image by holding the Option key (on my Mac) down and select the control point. This creates a second control point which I can drag to another area of the image that wasn't selected by the first control point I placed. (this step is not always necessary) - You can adjust the slider on the control point to the left to increase opacity (decrease strength) that the adjustment will be applied.
- Next in the active Edit Step on the Right-nav you can 'Select Adjustment' 'Noise Reduction...'. - Now I'll toggle "Faster" over to 'Better Quality'. - and for skin on a portrait I'll set 'Intensity' between 8-20 depending on age of subject - I'll reduce 'Sharpness' to 1 or 2.
- Finally I'll click once on the top Capture NX bar to 'Selection Brush' choosing the 'Minus' option. - I might then adjust the 'Size' of the brush with around 50 or less being a typical value. - I'll then brush the image by clicking once and holding, I'll then brush the Eyes. I'll let go and do a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th click/brush operation on lips, maybe eyebrows and ears too to keep them sharp by removing the noise reduction.
Takes me a lot longer to write this out than actually do it!
BTW I feel this model's beauty is enhanced by the wonderful clarity of the D800, I am very impressed with this camera.