I had hear of NoiseNinja before but never really thought of using it. Up until recently I tried my hardest to keep my ISO at 100-200 is possible. Since taking up Aperture 3 as my main editing, organising and processing software I’ve started to look at what plugins are available. PictureCode were nice enough to send me out a copy of the Aperture 3 NoiseNinja plugin which i’m told is the same as the standalone program, which is great for people like me who don’t like to go backwards and forwards between apps.
I’d heard how good it was so last saturday on a shoot I broke out the 1000d and set it to 1600 ISO purely for this review. As expected the image was far to noisy for me. On the PictureCode website you are able to download camera profiles, but that’s not for me. I wanted to see how the software would work as if I had just got it and not looked further into what was on offer.
Here is the unedited noisy image from last saturdays shoot.
As you can see it’s pretty bad. I’ve seen worse but now let’s take a look after loading the image into the NoiseNinja plugin using it’s default automatic settings.
It’s not a bad quick fix. With some minor adjustments to the variety of settings and then the usual post processing work like skin smoothening etc… you would end up with a useable image.
There are various licenses available ranging from Home standard use at $34.95 all the way up to Pro bundle which includes the standalone, photoshop and aperture plugins at $79.95. Personally for the results out-of-the-box that NoiseNinja produces I think it’s priced well, and is something that will pay for itself over and over again. Have a look at the website, and the prices and let me know you go with it. If you use something else to combat noise I want to know about it aswell!