09 March 2011

Noise? I hate noise!

I just discovered Topaz DeNoise from an ad on a photography site I was reading. Anybody use this product or one like it? It's a photoshop plug in that is supposed to clean up noise. I'm wondering how it works and if it's worth the price tag. I have noise problems. Especially if I have to shoot on ISO* 800 or heaven forbid 1600. My lil xti just can't handle it. And I can't handle it.

I'm just trying to come up with solutions for some problems, particularly noise and lighting. I want to be able to do more than my current equipment can handle. I've definitely hit the ceiling with it.

When outdoors in low light, or when indoors and nothing near enough to bounce light off of I really struggle with the ability to get the photo that I want. Getting a nice flash has been a partial solution, but I just don't have the money to throw at getting new gear right now, i.e. a new camera or more flashes/light equipment.

I know there must be some good diy tips out there. I've checked out some of the Strobist's stuff, which is creative, but even some of his ideas are expensive, for me right now anyway. What can I do that is dirt cheap? Any ideas folks?

*woops, typo. fixed it. :)

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