I'm considering getting Silver Efex and Color Pro 4 and a noise reduction program of some kind.
I currently use CNX2 for all post processing.
Any recomendations for a noise reduction program?
I've read a little on Noise Ninja and just wondering how that would work as compared to the Nik download (Define?) with CNX2 as a stand alone.
Any suggestions appreciated.
#1. "RE: Noise removal" | In response to Reply # 0Kidkett Nikonian since 09th Apr 2010Sat 28-Jan-12 12:26 PM
I have all of Nik products and Silver Efex is very good once you learn how to use it although I don’t use it as much as I should. I need to use it more often to get even better at it. I have Color Pro 3 for NX2 that you can edit inside of Capture NX2 and if you can find it somewhere buy it, as it works great. I don’t even use the Color Pro 4 and I have the Edit List that opens Color Pro 4 from inside Capture NX2 but exporting out then back into Capture NX2 is a lot of work when you can use Color Pro 3 inside Capture NX2. Working with Capture NX2 64 bit is a pleasure now and much faster and no freeze up any more. I use and you might want to try the OnOne Suite 6 instead of the Color Pro 4, that I am really getting into more and really like it. I use it with the Edit List and export it right out of Capture NX2 and it does a nice job on a lot my pictures that I really like. Download the trial and give it a try. But get the Color Pro 3 for NX2 first if you can find it anywhere as that is the best working inside of Capture NX2 where I do most of my editing.
I have never used Noise Ninja but I have Topaz Labs DeNoise and I like Nik’s Define much better and it just does a better job. Download the free trial and see how you like that before you buy it. I would download all the software trials before I bought them and try them out too make sure you like it. Some have a 30-60 day money back if you don’t like it that will give you more time after the trial stops. I would try both Noise Ninja and Define to see what you like best.
I really like the Nik products even the HDR and sharpening that has a pre and output software. And when you have time try OnOne Suite 6 sometime as you can almost open a Raw file that changes to a PSD file that you can do all the editing it inside Suite 6, but I always edit in Capture NX2 first. Oh, and get the Edit List if you don’t have it so you can open any of these programs from inside Capture NX2, even Photoshop if you have it. It is a great free little program. I hope this helps you and I am sure others will give you more information.
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#2. "RE: Noise removal" | In response to Reply # 1Snappo Nikonian since 09th Apr 2004Thu 09-Feb-12 01:45 PM | edited Thu 09-Feb-12 01:46 PM by Snappo
I have been a fan of Nik's Define for some time. Like the results. I prefer Define over Noise Ninja.
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#5. "RE: Noise removal" | In response to Reply # 1JECoutre Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2008Thu 01-Nov-12 09:59 PM | edited Thu 01-Nov-12 10:00 PM by JECoutre
I have used Noise Nija for roughly 8 yearas now. I also use Nik's Define and Topaz's DeNoise 5 using them for the last 2 to 3 years. Each applies noise reduction differently and deals with details differently. For minor Sky noise or very low noise when I know I will be bringing out local contrast (such as with Nik's Structure or Details Extractor, or in minor underexposed shadows and especially in skies) I normally start with Nik's Define at an automatic level in a Smart Object layer. If that works I proceed on. If noise is the result of low light level photography, then frequently I will also try DeNoise and Noise Ninja ... again each produce a different result. I compare results and pick the best for this particular image and then tweak if neccessary. I usually start that process within a Smart Object layer with all three solutions (deactivating the other two so only one at a time is active) and then delete the non-selected and tweaking the remaining before moving on to other processing. This is also important for when you actually intend to convert to B&W where local contrast (structure) is enhanced. If you decide upon the Smart Object approach irrespective of when you decide upon using a noise reduction filter, always end up moving it to the bottom of the stack otherwise you will be not getting the best result in the final image especially if you end up upresing it for large wall art such as 36x24 or greater. I hope this helps.
#4. "RE: Noise removal" | In response to Reply # 0
Nik do a superb package deal on the whole suite of their products (but only if used as plug-ins) and if you learn one, you kind of learn them all. I have the suite and I like Define a lot, though I am sure others are excellent too.
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