I am not trying to put together a technical review here. In fact, I don’t think I even qualify to do one. Instead, I want to demonstrate how I use TopazLabs DeNoise as a photographer and designer, and how it fits in my workflow.
Canon Digital Rebel and Digital Noise
I started in photography with a Canon Digital Rebel. At that time I was working as a graphic designer, and the post processing learning curve was not that steep for me. I was comfortable with Photoshop, but what I did not have to deal with as a designer was the noise in digital images. This aspect of digital photography workflow I had to learn from scratch, and at that time the noise was a real issue. My Digital Rebel produced quite a lot of noise even in properly exposed photos.
I spent years experimenting with different programs, sticking for a while with one, and then jumping to another. But I was never satisfied with any of them. Using them was a struggle; too many options, and too many sliders. Sometimes I found myself spending more time in noise reduction programs than in Photoshop, and even after I was happy with my noise reduction settings I still had to do some masking in Photoshop.