Adobe Camera Raw 6 have included a new noise reduction function. The performance of this noise reduction is so well that could render my noise ninja plugin in photoshop useless. Better still, as the noise reduction is built in to the camera instead of photoshop, it make an integral flow in my raw process workflow very nicely.
To use this function, you go to the detail panel (1 in the below screen shot) of camera raw. In this panel, you could find the color slider (2 in the below screen shot) under the noise reduction section. You could zoom in to 100% and look at an area where noise is most prominent before you start with this adjustment. Then drag the color slide from 0 up slowly until you find all color noise is gone. Wow, that is it. I am impressed by default the kind of detail that is preserved with the noise removal.
This time, I am trying to look at the result of a mild digital push on files taken from my D700. The following are 2 file taken at 2 EV apart that I took for making an HDR image. I took these 2 file too see how it go if I push the -2 EV file so that it look like the 0 EV file. It is quite amazing to see that after the process, the -2 EV file don’t show any noticeable noise after the push. You could see the 100% comparison here, the left half is the 0EV while the right half is the -2EV after push:
Some Tips on using Camera Raw 5
1. Camera Profile
The installation program CameraProfiles.exe usually comes with the Camera raw distribution which you could download from Adobe. After installation, a whole set of profiles for different camera is installed into your computer. These camera profiles are actually settings of Camera Raw that Adobe makes. The purpose is to emulation the result from Camera Raw to match as close as possible as the result you get from the jpeg file directly from camera. When you are shooting jpeg directly with your camera, you get a list of selection you could make that control the picture quality of the jpeg files. These selection will normal named as normal, portrait, vivid, landscape etc. Camera Raw will detect the brand and model of your camera from information in the Raw file and will only present those profiles that is relevent to the exact model of the camera. The selection of camera profile is done via the camera calibration tab:
In the name field, select the camera profile accordingly.
The new Adobe Camera Raw 5.2 is available for download now:
With this new version, there is new “Target Adjustment Tool” added. When you launch the camera raw, you will see the new tool icon: