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02-09-2011, 10:22 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by er1kksen Quote
That's a pretty good NR job, I've gotta say. Is it from a single program or did you go in with layers to selectively smooth different areas?
Thank you.

Nothing that sophisticated - Topaz DeNoise 4 called up in my old version of PhotoImpact 8 -
it was a single pass on that posted JPG ie: already resized, post-processed and highly compressed JPG.
That's why I was able to post that denoised version so quickly.

Used only JPG with light noise removal (the lightest level).

It may seem perverse - there's not much in it (to me) -
but I think I prefer the nosier shot -
as it is kind of more in keeping with the low light scene
(lower than street lighting)
reminds me of those Tri-X shots - but actually not as obviously grainy -
just shows how much technology has advanced -
we're talking about nearly 3 stops higher sensitivity, and in color.


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QuoteOriginally posted by UnknownVT Quote
It may seem perverse - there's not much in it (to me) -
but I think I prefer the nosier shot -
as it is kind of more in keeping with the low light scene
(lower than street lighting)
reminds me of those Tri-X shots - but actually not as obviously grainy -
just shows how much technology has advanced -
we're talking about nearly 3 stops higher sensitivity, and in color.
I can see why that might be. I often use lightroom to add grain to shots where I feel it fits the aesthetic. I have found that I prefer lightroom's artificial grain to the actual grain produced by the camera, however, so I sometimes find myself using NR to remove the existing noise and then using the grain sliders to add grain to the NR-ed image. Sounds kinda redundant in theory, but getting the desired look is what matters in the end, and LR's controls over amount, size, and roughness of grain really do make a difference for my purposes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by er1kksen Quote
I can see why that might be. I often use lightroom to add grain to shots where I feel it fits the aesthetic. I have found that I prefer lightroom's artificial grain to the actual grain produced by the camera, however, so I sometimes find myself using NR to remove the existing noise and then using the grain sliders to add grain to the NR-ed image. Sounds kinda redundant in theory, but getting the desired look is what matters in the end, and LR's controls over amount, size, and roughness of grain really do make a difference for my purposes.
No, no - you and me both -
I too normally add grain when doing NR.
(but most of the time I don't even use NR)

I didn't add grain in this one case,
because I wanted to see how noise/grain free I could make that shot.......

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06-18-2012, 03:42 PM   #34
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QuoteOriginally posted by HaWaIi50 Quote
How to reach ISO 100 and 12800 on Pentax K-X. I heard it was possible but I am unable to reach it. Anyone can help?
I have a Pentax Kx and know that one has the option to expand the ISO range. Why does Pentax make you go the extra step to expand the range? Why not just show the whole ISO range from 100 to 12800 in one display and be done with it. Is there a down side to this? In other words, if I have chosen the expanded range but shoot at 200 ISO will my pictures be of lesser quality compared to a shot taken without the expanded range?

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