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Mar 21, 2009 00:39 |  #1

I know this has probably been asked but i can't find for the life of me a topic related too it.
I understand that this photo is underexposed originally as i did not take it, my girlfriend took it but i'm trying to make it work because this was probably the best photo of the day.
The photo in question had quite a fair bit of noise (for me anyway) so i did my adjustments in ACR (quite subtle really) a very very small amount of sharpening in ACR, then a very little amount of sharpening once imported into CS3. I then did a levels adjustment and then i used noise ninja. I don't normally fiddle with noise ninja as i just get lost in it usually and it makes it worse than auto profiling.
Once i used noise ninja it seemed to smooth it so that it was kind of like blotchy smoothness (in patches). Can anyone tell me how i can avoid this with other photos as i find that it happens quite regularly after i have sharpened it after running noise ninja. Its confusing me and frankly i'm getting annoyed :D I just can't seem to run noise ninja and sharpen after and have good results...
Is it just because its underexposed it brings it out more? I understand layer masks and the sort, but i was just hoping that i wouldnt have to paint this every single time with every image.
I also understand that you can select off certain areas you want noise ninja to remove noise but i honestly can't find it? Maybe i've skipped over it 10000 times and never realized.
Any help appreciated!

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Mar 21, 2009 01:52 |  #2

If a photo needs noise ninja, I run it before any processing. After you have determined what your settings are you like for photos, if it goes to far on a photo, you can lightly erase some of the smoothness back out. You can also download your camera profiles from noise ninja website and go about it that way. I know you didn't take picture but may be worth while to try. May not make sense as it's late and I'm hitting the sack. I'll check back in the morning. Hope this helped a little.


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Mar 21, 2009 08:21 |  #3

I agree with boog69. Theres no point in sharpening only to remove it further down the line. Theres almost certainly going to be a degradation of the image.

Run NN if you need to very early in the process.

It sounds to me that you may need to use more subtle sharpening methods than whatever you are currently using. Certainly the large areas of solid tone will expose over sharpening very quickly, so avoid any sharpening in those areas.


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Mar 22, 2009 21:08 as a reply to  @ Lowner's post |  #4

Thanks for the help here people, seems i was running NN too late in the workflow which just made it worse. I have had better results now, running it early in the process when needed and using layer masks and edge masks to selectively sharpen what i need. The problem has been resolved :D

Thankyou very much!


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