That means some of your photos, those taken without a flash, and with less light than you’d like, end up all grainy and dark looking, as if you’d bumped the ISO to 1,600 or more on film. Fortunately for Mac users, regardless of which camera you own, there’s a way to reduce and denoise low light photos.
Photoshop? Or, Cheap?
How can you rid your precious but low light photos of all the digital artifacts known as noise? Photoshop. What? You can’t afford a class to learn photoshop? And you can’t even afford the price of Photoshop? You’re not alone (renting Photoshop over 10 years could cost you about $1,000).
Recently I reviewed a few very good Mac photo enhancement apps which help you to reduce the noise inherent in low light photos. Both do the job, but as is the case with anything good, you get what you pay for.
That brings me to Super Denoising, a Mac app which does one thing, and one thing only. It removes or reduces noise from photos with little more than a click. Here’s a sample. A professionally developed sample.
Wow. Impressive, right? How do you get such results?
Start with a photo which obviously does not have enough light. You’ll know because of the grain in the photo. The worse the grain, the lower the light. Then, drag and drop the photo onto Super Denoising and select an option from the sidebar.
Gentle, medium, strong, stronger, strongest, and utmost. But start with one, then adjust, or select a different setting. The results are based upon a variety of factors, but easy to obtain with little trial and error until you begin to use the slider bars to make granular adjustments.
That’s it. Super Denoising analyzes the photo pixel by pixel, then adjusts the noise parameters to improve color, detail, and sharpness. While the changes are not instant, they are visible in real time. Noise reduction parameters can be saved and used on other photos or in batch mode.
As of this writing, Super Denoising’s price tag was about in the middle of noise reduction apps, but made more attractive with a price reduction to 99-cents. Is it worth the original list price? There’s plenty of competition in that range and Super Denoising is not blessed with an over abundance of granular controls and features. But at 99-cents, it’s a bargain. While it lasts.