This is something I wouldn’t normally do- show a photo I don’t like completely. I’m not putting this on my website, just because I don’t like the skewed perspective with the window and paneling. It didn’t work. Hopefully soon I will return to this spot and get a good photo. BUT, I wanted desperately to show 2 versions of the same photo to compare Noiseware Pro and Topaz DeNoise, which I am currently testing.
Version with Topaz DeNoise: I had to add some color changing to the mix with this one, and a bit more brightness removal due to the processing. It did a pretty decent job of removing noise without removing detail, although you can see a bit of noise still around with this version. I also added some clarity to bring out textures that had been lost with the processing. Still a bit of a blur but I think it is more even… maybe.
Version with Imagenomic’s Noiseware Professional: I did process it slightly different, with more masking and a bit more clarity added. Most of the time, Noiseware does a good job. But sometimes, like here, Noiseware does uneven noise reduction. I had to do a lot of fixing and I still think it looks a bit blurry. There is more color haloing too around some of the white paint.
My thoughts: Overall, it’s hard to see much difference in these small shots, but I do think that Topaz DeNoise actually did a better job. I own Noiseware Professional and my one gripe has been that sometimes there is very uneven noise reduction. Topaz didn’t seem to have that problem. There were still some problems and I wish there was a perfect solution out there… perhaps in the future. But for now, I think I will be looking into DeNoise!