Imagenomic Noiseware – $79.95
Noiseware is a Photoshoplug-in with an excellent range of adjustments which include; Noise Level, Noise Reduction, Detail protection, Frequency and Tonal – Colour Range. There are several pre-defined presets available which can be used and tweaked to suit the image being processed. All adjustments or settings you make can be saved as a custom preset for use on other images.
The interface is well laid out and easy to use, you also have the option to split the screen for a before and after preview or you can have multiple previews, each with a different setting. Noiseware offers lots of control for noise reduction although it is easy to overdo and produce an overall soft looking image.
Most current digital cameras are capable of shooting at a high ISO with minimum noise and also have some form of noise cancelling filter, so are third party noise cancelling filters necessary?
If your camera is producing a lot of noise then there are a couple of steps to avoid the problem; ensure a correct exposure, an underexposed shot will highlight noise when corrected; shoot JPEG as the compression can hide many noise problems, shooting RAW files keeps more image detail including noise. Experiment with the camera’s noise reduction filter, it may cure any problems.
All six filters reduced the noise in our test image to one degree or another, although the final picture could lose some of its crisp detail. Overall our pick of the bunch is Nik Dfine 2.0
Vincent Oliver March 2013