Neat Image Noise Reduction Tips

Neat Image is a noise reduction plug-in (plugin for Photoshop) and standalone application designed to reduce visible noise and grain in photographic images. Neat Image is indispensable in low-light (indoors, night, astro) and high-speed (sport, action) photography. Neat Image has 4 tabs right under the menu: Image Imput, Device Noise Profile, Noise Filter Settings, Output. First thing you should do is to open an input image (button is in the first tab). Here we see Neat Image supports TIFF, JPEG and BMP. On the second tab you choose an area of the picture (make sure its an uniform area) and create a noise profile: Auto Profiler will automacally find, select and analyze a featureless image area that contains only noise and no important details. After that, a new noise profile is ready and the input image can be processed. Third tab, the noise settings, is the most important part: Noise … Read more

Working with Raw Format

RAW images contain unprocessed image data straight from the camera’s image sensor. Since the data isn’t processed on the camera you must do it yourself on your computer in order to get it into more usable formats like TIFF or JPEG. .raf (Fuji) .crw .cr2 (Canon) .kdc .dcr (Kodak) .mrw (Minolta) .nef (Nikon) .orf (Olympus) .dng (Adobe) .ptx .pef (Pentax) .arw (Sony) .x3f (Sigma) Cameras that support raw files typically come with proprietary software for conversion of their raw format to TIFF or JPEG. However, Canon decided not to add support for their D30 DSLR in their latest release of their Digital Photo Professional software, and Nikon removed features of their own RAW converter Nikon Capture and added the encryption of features in Nikon’s D2x digital camera RAW format (NEF). As a response to this, on March 10th, 2005, OpenRAW (a Working Group of photographers and other people interested in … Read more

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