Post processing workflow
I have now a D7100 coming from a D7000 and use Lightroom 4. I have been quite happy with LR and its noise capabilities but see a lot of you highly recommend Topaz denoise. So I have got the trial and it works very well on the D7100 files but it takes output from LR as a tiff file through their bridge software.
Does this mean all raw adjustments should be made first, and if not does lightroom lose anything by now working on a tiff image.
I have to admit the default noise reduction in Topaz is incredible, high ISO practice shots at 6400 can be cleaned very simply to look like 400 ISO ooc.
With all of the discussions on Adobe methods I will stay with LR.
If you read the documentation with Topaz Denoise, it gives you steps for working with Adobe ACR on page 32. I don't use Lightroom, but I imagine you could transpose their instructions. Just turn off all NR in Lightroom and do it last in Topaz.
It's well worth watching the thorough video tutorials on the Topaz site. They're very informative and well produced. DeNoise works well enough on default, but really gets amazing if you disable NR and dial down the black point setting in your RAW converter (i.e. open up the shadows), process in DeNoise, and then set the black point to get your blacks back after returning to your image editor.
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