Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Topaz Labs DeNoise

As Travel Photographers we are constantly shooting in all sorts of lighting conditions and quite often we have no alternative but to increase our ISO to get a shot especially when it is impossible to use a tripod. This is not a major problem on our Full Frame sensor camera that can handle higher ISO settings however on crop sensor cameras it becomes a problem at high ISO settings and especially if an image is underexposed. This is where Noise Reduction software comes to the rescue.

There are lots of Noise Reduction plug-ins on the market including Lightroom which also has Noise Reduction that does an average job of reducing Noise although we rarely use it. Third Party plug-ins, as far as we're concerned, always seem to have better results as the plug-in is dedicated to perfecting the results that it's been designed for. They are always far more intuitive than the features that are built into the major editing suites available and give you far more control. Please note however that we have not tested all the plug-ins that are available for Noise Reduction other than Lightroom, Nik Google Dfine and Topaz DeNoise.

Topaz DeNoise is a excellent plug-in for anyone that loves low-light handheld photography where the only option is to increase the ISO without the use of a tripod and especially for those that use anything other than a Full Frame sensor. Naturally for those that use a Full Frame sensor camera will also love this plug-in for those shots that need very high ISO settings beyond the native ISO settings for their particular camera model.

Although every image will not need Topaz DeNoise, you will be able to shoot high ISO images with the confidence that you have a plug-in that will save an image if needed.

The beauty of this plug-in is that you can selectively reduce the noise in the shadows or highlights without affecting the rest of the image while retaining detail. Naturally, this can be done by applying to the whole image and then using masks in Photoshop to paint out the effect but doing it within the plug-in is far more efficient in your workflow. Where this plug-in really shines is the reduction of Noise in those underexposed shadowy areas of an image that are lurking and appear when you use editing tools to bring out details in your image.

As with all Topaz plug-ins, there are a great range of Presets which are excellent for giving you a starting point or alternatively create all your adjustments from scratch. Below are some of the before-and-after shots when used with really high ISO images. Just imagine what this plug-in can do with noise on images up to ISO1600!!!

We strongly recommend this software and suggest you download the Trial and give it a go for 30 days to see how it can vastly improve your images. You can see some great video tutorials on the plug-in by clicking here.  
To watch a great video tutorial on the plug-in see below -

Here's one of our shots taken in Venice, Italy and processed in Topaz DeNoise. This is a zoomed in section of the image to show the incredible job DeNoise does while still retaining detail. The results are amazing for photographers using Crop Sensor cameras in low light.

We are big fans of the Topaz suite of plug-ins. Every one of them, when used, will really enhance your images and make them pop or give you an effect that can't be reproduced in traditional editing software. Topaz DeNoise also seamlessly plugs into your existing workflow. Get it as a plugin for Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, and many more existing products.

Please Note: 
we are affiliates of Topaz Labs software plug-ins and although they did not pay us to write this post we will receive a commission on any sales of the plug-ins that result from this post.

We would love to hear any comments about this plug-in and we hope it helps you in your creative journey.

If you have any questions or comments we would love to hear from you.

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