Rohit Kamboj: Blog en-us (C) Rohit Kamboj (Rohit Kamboj) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:22:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:22:00 GMT Rohit Kamboj: Blog 90 120 Review - Neat Image Troubled having high noise (grainy pixels) in a photograph because of using high ISO or shooting in low light conditions? I have come across with this problem with my pictures as well and wish I could do something to reduce the noise without loosing the clarity. For long I have been taking the hard decision of trashing a beautiful image just because of the noise factor. There are options and softwares available which can help reduce the noise but the downside is the compromise on the image's sharpness or clarity. The answer to these problems is Neat Image.

I learnt about this software from one of the photographic talks I had attended and could not believe what I heard until I tried it myself. I downloaded the trial version and after working on it for 2 or 3 hours I made up my mind to upgrade to the PRO version. The software comes in two versions: Home and Pro. The major difference between them is that the Pro version has a support for 16/32 bit images compared to 8 bit for Home version. Here is the feature map which lists all the available features.

Both Home and Pro versions can be purchased either as a standalone software or as a Photoshop plug-in. You can also bundle them together if you like.

The software is easy to use and the website hosts a short but very informative and easy to follow introductory video which is all you need to get started. Below are some sample shots which I have processed using Neat Image's standalone version. The version which I have used is 8.2.0 Pro and the latest version available as of writing this is 8.3.

Extreme Engineering NoiseExtreme EngineeringBefore - With Noise

Extreme EngineeringExtreme EngineeringAfter processing with Neat Image

This image was shot at NASA at ISO 6400, 1/125s. The output as you can see is clearly noise free. Buy Extreme Engineering.

Sharp Turn is another image on which I have tried using Neat Image. I shot this image at an outside Rodeo competition. This was an action shot (1/400s) taken at a very high ISO (12800) in low light conditions. Even though I was successful in capturing the stunning moment of the sport, the image as a result is full of noise. The image in fact had so much noise that I had to use Neat Image twice on the image. I used the output of first processing as an input for another. Below is side-by-side comparison of after and before image and the result is extremely satisfactory.

Sharp TurnSharp TurnAfter (left) and before (right)

Give the product a try and let me know your feedback on the product or on this blog in the comments below. Say no to noisy images.

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2017 Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) Festival As part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival 2017, my photography work is being exhibited at three exhibitions, collectively put up by the members of the photography clubs in Atlanta. 

ACP hosts an annual, citywide photography festival in October: the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival. The festival includes a wide variety of exhibitions and multiple events around Atlanta and throughout the surrounding communities.

Exhibition details are mentioned below. They are free and open to public. Most of the images are up for sale by their respective artists.

Atlanta Photographic Society 2017 Salon (Featuring work by: Various Artists)
Photographic artists from the Atlanta Photographic Society presents annual Salon for 2017. Enjoy the work of some of Atlanta's best photographers. Experience a variety of genres from a variety of artists. Meet the artists at reception.

Location: First Baptist Church of Decatur - 3rd floor Visual Arts Gallery (308 Clairemont Ave Decatur, GA 30030)
Exhibition Dates: Oct 02nd - Nov 9th, 2017
Mon-Thur: 10am-5pm, Fri: 9:00am-12:00pm, Sun: 8:30am-1:00pm. Sat: Closed
Artists' Reception/Awards: Sat. Oct. 14, 7-9pm.  The artists' reception and awards program is free and open to the general public.
APS Salon Exhibition 2017


Atlanta Seen: A Juried Exhibition by Members of the Southeastern Photographic Society (SPS) - Featuring work by: Various Artists
All images are representative of the theme, Atlanta Seen and have been photographed in the greater Atlanta area or neighboring areas.

Location: Emory University Hospital Midtown - 550 Peachtree Street NE (Atrium adjacent to the Savory Fare food service area on the lobby level of the Medical Office Tower)
Exhibition dates: Sep 25th, 2017 - Sep 01st 2018
Mon-Fri: 5 am - 7 pm; Sat-Sun: 6 am - 7 pm

Photographer's Theme Exhibition by Atlanta Photographic Society
The APS presents a photographer's theme exhibition. Each collection of three images will fit a theme determined by the artist. 

Location: Artists Atelier Gallery & Studios, 800 Miami Circle, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30324
Exhibition dates: Sep 02nd - Oct 31st, 2017
Tuesday - Saturday 12pm - 4pm, Closed Sunday and Monday
Artist's Reception: Oct 21 12:00PM - 04:00PM
APS Photographer's Theme Exhibition 



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