Artificial intelligence and machine learning are ubiquitous in photography now. I recently wrote about Whether we should worry about artificial intelligence in photography. My conclusion is that we should not. Today I’m demonstrating the power of AI in battle form, as I put the groundbreaking noise removal program head-on. I searched through my raw photos to find a particularly loud shot to work with. Here’s what we’re working with:
I will quickly explain what is happening here. This is a shot of the beaches of Jökulsárlón in Iceland. known as Glacier Lagoon. This shot was taken last winter on a moonless night. When I’m looking for the northern lights, I take quick snapshots to help me compose, which is what this is. I chose this photo because it was taken in the dark, and this is where we often encounter noise in our photos.
Loud picture information
- Shot with Nikon D810
- ISO 8000
- Aperture: f / 2.8
- Shutter Speed: 0.6sec
You can see how much noise there is here when you zoom in:
Noise removal contenders
In this fight, I will be using the following software and features:
I open the raw image directly in every part of the program without any prior modifications. When an automatic function is available, this is what I will use.
I will go through every part of the program now and I will get a full side by side copy eventually 100%.
Adobe Sensei runs some great neural filters, but the neural noise reduction filter isn’t available yet. We’ll cover it once this drops, but I’m using a noise reduction filter for now. When we see the full picture, the difference is hardly noticeable. I’m a huge fan of Adobe, but they lag when it comes to noise reduction.
Noise reduction features are currently under the Filters section of Adobe Photoshop. They are all manual, which gives us options to change via slider adjustments. All the other programs I used in this comparison were much simpler and more effective. We’ll see what happens when the nervous filter goes down.
Skylum Luminar Neo
The Luminar Neo’s Noiseless RAW feature recommends using the “High” preset. The noise reduction took about 45 seconds, and the result was very good. The expectation in most noise removal is that the details will be softened and the pixels will appear to be “diffuse”. This is not at all the case with Luminar Neo.
The before and after images here show some difference at 100% scale. The difference is most noticeable when zoomed in tightly (at the bottom of the page). Luminar’s Noiseless AI feature is part of its extension package. Their subscription model makes the extensions available to users as soon as they are ready to use them $119 for an annual plan.
Topaz Dinos AI
Topaz Labs They are probably the most talked about in this lineup. Their ads appear in all your social feeds, and for good reason. Their AI software is powerful and productive. The DeNoise process was easy and intuitive. The program took care of everything for me and achieved a great result, taking a minute and 1 second to complete the task. This program does what is written on the box, no frills.
I prefer this workspace. The side-by-side view reveals the before and after, and the sliders and buttons are easy to see and read. The preview took a while to get to 100%.
ON1 No noise AI
ON1 No noise AI It was almost instant, as it took three seconds to export a JPEG after pressing the Done button. There were no issues processing the RAW file, and I didn’t need to make any adjustments to the sliders. The preview was instant, while the Topaz preview took about twenty seconds to appear. This means a faster and more efficient workflow. Great job, ON1.
Another feature found in ON1 NoNoise AI is the option to Tack Sharp AI along with NoNoise AI. This clarity regulates much of the ambiguity that usually results in image processing by noise reduction software.
Results (click for high resolution)
If I had to pick a winner, I’d be torn between Artificial Intelligence Silent Luminar And the ON1 NoNoise AI 2023. Topaz isn’t bad, so it’s really tough. The fact of the matter here is that every part of the program is evolving. This is the nature of machine learning – artificial intelligence evolves over time.
What is the best option currently may not be in a few months. The same can be said for the images we place through the program. High ISO images and low-light images can produce different results, and the camera and sensor make a difference. Every part of the software is basically an ecosystem. Just like when you buy a brand of cameras, you’re basically “stuck” with it. The same applies here. The good news is that topazAnd the SkylumAnd the play 1 They all offer a free trial, so you can test every part of the software on our own images to see which works best.
The final answer to this fight:
- ON1 No noise AI scrapes fore
- Artificial Intelligence Silent Luminar She is again very close
- Topaz Dinoise AI It is a very close third
- Having said that, I would use any of them anytime – they are all really good. Each is constantly evolving, and their product ranges are constantly growing with artificial intelligence taking center stage in post-photo processing.
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