A few years ago Adobe introduced a clever feature in Photoshop which made it easy to remove unwanted objects within a photo. With a few clicks, telephone poles and lines, rocks, people, birds, airplanes in the sky– all could be erased.
Shortly after that version of Photoshop shipped the copy cats began to line the streets of Macdom with one-trick pony photo utilities which did the same thing and not much more. SnapHeal was one of the best. Today, Photoshop can remove noise from low light photos. And now come the copy cats.
Removing Noise Is Fun
For the price of using Photoshop for a month, NoiseCleaner does much the same as other noise reduction apps. Drop in a photo, click a few buttons, move the slider bar to see the before and after noise reduction, and, Voila! Done.
NoiseCleaner comes with a variety of presets some of which are particularly good for photos taken in low light situations, but each preset can be customized and saved to used again.
The fun part is the noise slider bar which lets you view the original photo and the modified photo with noise reduced. Make adjustments, move the slider bar to see the results. Noise can be reduced a variety of ways, too, including tonal range. NoiseCleaner can import and view .jpg, .tiff, .bmp, and .png photos, and export files, too.
What good is low light noise reduction? The most popular camera on planet earth is Apple’s iPhone which has a great camera– for a smartphone. But smartphone cameras suffer in low light situations which makes NoiseCleaner a worthy addition. Here’s the problem. There’s no try-before-you-buy trial version, so you’re taking a leap of faith that NoiseCleaner is worth the money.
I have both Noiseless and NoiseCleaner. The latter is less expensive, but works, while the former is more expensive but works much better.