What’s the problem? As good as both the hardware and software is on today’s new class of iPhone models– iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus– there remains a problem. There is only so much that can be squeezed out of an iPhone’s lens and doctored with the software, and nowhere is that more obvious than in low light photos. Here’s a fix.
Denoise, Boss. Denoise!
A trip to the Mac App Store will bring you plenty of photo enhancement apps, but if you’re like me, the need to choose wisely has benefits. There are many Mac apps that help to remove unwanted noise from underexposed photos. Here’s another one. It’s called Photo Denoise.
Here’s how it works. Drop a photo into Photo Denoise, move a slider bar to and fro until the noise reduction begins.
Photo Denoise is about as simple as a complex Mac photo enhancement app can be, and using it is mostly a visual experience.
It minimize grain in photos taken in low light, enhances details, eliminates JPG artifacts, and even smooths out blemishes and wrinkles in portrait photos. Most underexposed photos have a luminance noise and chrominance noise issue that results from high ISO settings and lowlight environments.
Photo Denoise fixes that, but does more, including the aforementioned skin and face touch up options.
The app can handle basic Mac photo file formats, including JPG, TIFF, and most RAW formats. I work in a private school handling Mac system administration chores and teachers prefer this type of utility instead of the more complex and expensive Photoshop.
Settings in Photo Denoise are straightforward because the slider bars are about all you need to know. One is for luminance, one is for chrominance, and one is for sharpness. Trial and error is your friend.
Photo Denoise can also detect a face and offers an additional intensity slider bar to improve facial texture. Considering the price of the app, the results are more than decent. How does this bargain basement app compare to more professional denoise options such as Noiseless CK in the Creative Kit package? There’s no comparison. Noiseless CK offers plenty of useful presets in addition to more settings and tools.
Regardless of which you choose, you end up with better low light photos. The only real caveat with Photo Denoise is the lack of presets, which makes the trial and error effort a bit more tedious.