Just wondering if anyone has advice on how best to reduce noise. Right now I use the RAW processor in Elements, but the noise-removal tends to soften the pics. Even if I "preserve detail," I'm not quite happy with the effect.
I usually do bird photography and am concerned with noticeable noise in the sky-backdrop of my pics---on the subject itself, the bird, the noise isn't really an issue (which is to say that it's not as noticeable, since the bird has a more variegated surface). Is there a recommended way to isolate the noise removal to certain parts of the frame? I know this can be done in Elements proper by using layers, but I'm wondering particularly about doing it to the RAW image, since I think the noise reduction is smoother in RAW than with JPG. Is there a better piece of software I should use just for noise?