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Old 06-02-2006, 10:35 AM
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Dark and noisy guitarist (terrible quality concert photo)

Hi,

Any clue about this photo? Throw it and forget it? Or something can be done about it? I'll try myself of course and (if I like it) show you the results.

Attached is a thumbnail. The original (1.6M) picture is here:
http://www.digital-photography-softw.../guitarist.jpg

Any ideas?

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Old 06-02-2006, 11:58 AM
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Hi Al
I did a curves adjustment set to screen, copied that, masked out roughly the background, ran dust and scratches filter, then high pass, but as you say very noisy.
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Old 06-02-2006, 03:32 PM
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Hi there

I screened a few layers then a noise filter on all but the skin. Luminance layer to bring up neck shadow. Added a little color to the hair. Curves for contrast and a high pass sharpening with some masking.

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Old 06-03-2006, 12:00 AM
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Yes, this image is several stops underexposed and expectedly has severe color noise. I screened it a couple of times, then applied Noise Ninja and did a Hue/Sat to adjust the skin tone.
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Old 06-03-2006, 12:55 AM
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Or have some fun with it
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Old 06-08-2006, 07:08 AM
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Thank you for you try.

But there are additional (blue) speckles that were not present in the reality. Color noise, unfortunately is still present...

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Hi Al
I did a curves adjustment set to screen, copied that, masked out roughly the background, ran dust and scratches filter, then high pass, but as you say very noisy.
Dave
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Old 06-08-2006, 07:11 AM
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Thanks, Murray!

Color noise at the background remained... Blue pixels everywhere and that's a pity.

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Yes, this image is several stops underexposed and expectedly has severe color noise. I screened it a couple of times, then applied Noise Ninja and did a Hue/Sat to adjust the skin tone.
regards, Murray
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Old 06-08-2006, 07:16 AM
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Great peace of advice, thanks!

This is for the moment is the best of all. Hair color is really "just to the point".

I'll tried myself, but even with a powerfull noise filter? I've discovered, the result is hardly more interesting. However, I did nothing, but let the filter do its work (see, my next post).

To add some color to the hair and apply the luminance layer is an idea.

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Hi there

I screened a few layers then a noise filter on all but the skin. Luminance layer to bring up neck shadow. Added a little color to the hair. Curves for contrast and a high pass sharpening with some masking.

Butch
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Al Murauski, http://www.digital-photography-software.com
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Old 06-08-2006, 07:25 AM
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Hi,

First of all, thank you all very much for your help and advice.

I expected to find some "technical", one-click decision for noise removal, but see there exists no. No software to make a good photo from almost a mess of colored pixels. Great additional knowledge of Photoshop is required to restore such a poor guitarist photo - thats my conclusion.

But... I've tried and tested some plugins. And here's my own experience (with that guitarist as an example):

http://www.digital-photography-software.com/archives/27

This is all about a specialized photoshop plugin that seems to be a real cure for noisy photos. The feature I liked most is the ability to remove both (together or separately) luminance and color (chroma) noise.

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Old 06-08-2006, 02:40 PM
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Dark guitar

I took the photo and copied the layer times two using screen blending mode to lighten it up considerably. I then applied Neat Image to reduce noise. After that I copied the layer and ran a high pass filter on it in overlay blending mode to sharpen it back up again.

It appears that the hands of the guitarist are in focus and his face is not.
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