Anyone out there tried a piece of software called Noise Ninja? It’s from a company called PictureCode. Here’s what they have to say about their product:
Noise Ninja is the most effective and productive solution for removing noise and grain from digital photographs and scanned film images. It is a must-have tool for anyone shooting in low-light or fast-action situations — including news, sports, wedding, and event coverage — where high ISO photography is required and the resulting noise compromises the image.
Noise Ninja often yields a two-stop improvement in effective image quality, while preserving important image detail. In addition, it can produce cleaner, smoother enlargements from low-ISO images.
It runs from US$35 to US$80 depending on which bundle you buy – everything from a standalone app to a Photoshop plugin. Since I’m currently using it with Lightroom, I have to use the standalone version – which will only work on TIFF and JPEG files, not on RAW or DNG. I’m using the free trial version, which watermarks your finished photos with a grid. It looks like you have to spend some time with it to use it properly but I got some interesting results after playing with it for just a few minutes.
Here’s my original processed photo (which I just posted in the previous post):
And here’s the same photo after running it through Noise Ninja.
As you can see, it removed a hell of a lot of grain. But it did some other stuff too – the color has changed on the Shangri-La sign and I lost a lot of the color on the Cheung Kong building. But again, that’s after just playing with the software for a few minutes. There are more detailed controls for color that I need to spend some time with.
I’m thinking this is interesting enough that I might buy it. I know I don’t get that many commenters here but if any of you out there reading this have some thoughts on this software, I’d appreciate hearing about it.
I’ve read that some people think more highly of DxO Optics Pro. However that software costs US$199-$299 (I think that for the D800 I’d need the more expensive version). It’s more expensive than Lightroom and offers a lot of functionality that I might not need. Any DxO software users out there? What do you think of it?