Help selecting noise reduction plugin for Photoshop CC 2014

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Help selecting noise reduction plugin for Photoshop CC 2014


As a concert and live performance photographer I regularly shoot at (exreme) high ISO's. This causes a high level of noise on the photographs that need to be reduced to some extent. To find out which noise reduction plugin for Photoshop CC 2014 and Lightroom 5.5 (on my MacBook Pro 13" Retina running OS X 10.9 Mavericks in 64-bit) suits me best, I've download and installed trail versions of four main players on the market:

  • Imagenomic Noiseware
  • Neat Image
  • Nik Software DFine 2
  • Topaz DeNoise 5

I've excluded NoiseNinja from my 'test', since it's no longer available as a seperate PS/Lr plugin. I couldn't get the old (32-bits?) plugin running on my machine and the added functionality and interface of Photo Ninja didn't appeal to me.

Based on the images provided below (2054 x 2054 px), I want to ask your opinion on which noise reduction plugin you think gives the best result (reduce noise without suffering sharpness). The four parts are in each image below are 1:1 crops of a 'bare' (no post processing or optimalisation) imported photograph using the latest version of Adobe Camera RAW.

Dave LaRue, performing with Flying Colors at 013 in Tilburg (The Netherlands)

Tony MacAlpine, performing with Portnoy-Sheehan-MacAlpine-Sherinian at Cultuurpodium Boerderij in Zoetermeer (The Netherlands)

Billy Sheehan (left) and Richie Kotzen (right), performing with The Winery Dogs at Hedon in Zwolle (The Netherlands)

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Victor Peters

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