June 02, 2010
Before & After: Noiseware
New follower, Denise, contacted me yesterday afternoon with quite the challenge.

Her husband’s parents live in Mexico and only visit once a year. The rest of the family is spread across the country. Fortunately, the entire family was able to fly in for the baptism of their son in California this past weekend. To commemorate the event, Denise rented a studio for a family portrait  with the intent of setting up the photo using her new camera. Unfortunately, the man at the studio (offering to set up her camera) took a less than stellar photo. When she went to review the photos, she was horrified at the darkness and grain. 

This challenge caused to me to hunt for Noiseware (a software solution to reduce noise created by using a high ISO). There are a number of products out there for varying fees. But, if you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I like freebies…if they’re available. I wanted to share with you one of the products I found. It is called Noiseware Community Edition 2.6. The program includes 10 noise filtering presets and allows you to tweak them. After optimizing the image you can compare it to the original one by simply clicking on the photo. There are limitations…heck, it’s free…but it certainly does help. 

So I was going to do a roll-over effect with this photo…but that didn’t work. Either way, you can get an idea of how much a little noiseware can help. If you like what you see, I fully encourage you to download it yourself and try it out.
Family Portrait Before and After
Have a great day and keep those challenges coming!
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