Improved digicam know-how has opened up the world of low gentle and excessive ISO images. Most trendy cameras can seize a usable body at ISO 1600 or greater. Coupled with noise discount software program, we are able to simply push the boundaries of ISO and fairly a bit farther, altering the definition of “acceptable” noise in a file straight out of the digicam.
Over time I’ve examined many alternative purposes for dealing with digital noise. There are a number of good options accessible, however after current checks, one stands above the remainder: DxO PureRAW 2. In case your RAW picture file has seen noise, straight out the digicam, working it by means of this software program could make an enormous distinction.
On this instance, we’ll check out a photograph captured contained in the Ocracoke Lighthouse on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. There was no room to arrange a tripod (and I most likely would have been chased off if I’d tried), so I made the most effective of the scenario and made my pictures handheld.
On the time I used to be taking pictures with a Canon 6D and 16-35mm lens. This shot was captured at 1/30s at f/4 and ISO 1000. A extra trendy digicam might have dealt with these settings with ease, however the 6D is a bit older. Straight out the digicam, the picture had seen noise.
Making a Higher Uncooked with DxO PureRAW 2
I ran the picture by means of DxO PureRAW 2 utilizing the Lightroom Traditional plugin. The applying transformed my .CR2 file to .DNG and got here again to Lightroom superbly clear. PureRAW eliminated the noise whereas retaining element, utilized lens correction for distortion, and didn’t depart any undesirable artifacts behind.
Earlier than/after DxO PureRAW 2:
Earlier than/after zoomed in:
TIP: Zoom in to not less than 100% when evaluating noise discount outcomes.
Inventive edits in Lightroom Traditional
The improved uncooked file (DNG) produced by PureRAW was a breeze to edit. I made a couple of tonal adjustments in Lightroom Traditional and utilized a inventive profile (Fashionable 05) for a dramatic look.
Cropped earlier than/after with Lightroom edits:
DxO PureRAW 2 exceeded my expectations. I’ve labored with a number of noise discount apps, and in the case of pre-processing RAW pictures captured at high-ISOs and low gentle, this software is my new favourite.