Neat Image is a tool for automatically reducing digital camera noise. I tried it out last night on a few photos - it manages to clear up a lot of random noise you see when zooming in on most digital pictures. Best of all - it’s free for personal use!
I managed to get results that were pretty good, but not as striking as their examples. I suppose the developers of the tool would understand how to get the most out of it. You’ll notice a subtle difference in the shots that you’ve processed with the tool.
It’s a bit of extra work for each shot, but I think it pays off to clean up the pictures you really like.
As far as I know, cleaning up pictures this way won’t affect how they look when printed professionally. I believe that proper processing blurs the image enough that you won’t see small per-pixel artifacts.Read full post