Commack High School Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Brentwood
Congratulations to the Commack girls varsity basketball team on their win over Brentwood in a very exciting and close game. Quite a nail-biter! I thought I'd cover a topic of interest to many photographers and that's noise reduction (digital, not crowd). There are numerous tools on the market to enable you to reduce high-ISO noise in your photographs. Both Lightroom and Photoshop have noise reduction tools built into the program. If you're not satisfied with them there are a bunch of plug-ins for both programs whose sole purpose is to reduce or eliminate noise in your photos. They all have numerous controls that let you target noise in specific areas of the photo based on tonality, frequency, color, etc.
I've tried most of them and they all work well to one degree or another. Do I have a favorite? Yes, I do, but here's the thing - I've come to the conclusion that the best noise reduction software for you depends on which camera you use. When I was shooting with my Nikon D3s I thought Topaz DeNoise 6 did a better job on noise reduction than the others. Now that I'm using a Fuji XT-2 it seems that Macphun's Noiseless CK does an equally good job of removing noise and seems to hold details much better. I don't have the slightest idea whether this has to do with the resolution of the camera, or specific characteristics of the image file from a given camera; I'll leave that part to the experts. The bottom line is, you need to figure out which program works best with the camera you're shooting with as well as the file type you're shooting (raw vs. jpeg). Luckily, this is not an expensive proposition because all of them allow you to download free trials. And one of them, Nik Dfine 2, is free as are all the Nik plugins now that Google acquired the company.
So when you have some time on your hands, download the free trials and test them on a single noisy, but sharp, photo. And don't forget to evaluate the noise reduction features in the editing software you already own; you might save some money if you find it does the job for you.