Neat Image

Tested Aperture 3 again!

Some of Kaapo’s games, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

I have been using LR3 extensively now but yesterday I decided to test Aperture 3 again after that long pause. Actually it felt quite nice to process a shot with it. This newest version (3.1.1) was actually quite a bit faster than the previous version in my MacBook.

Now, the biggest obstacle for using Aperture 3 is the noise reduction capabilities as compared to LR3. I shoot a lot indoor shots in quite poor lighting and am using ISO 1600-3200 (sometimes even 6400) a lot. So, I will need a good noise reduction plug-in for Aperture 3. I want to do all my processing in one program and not to go e.g. to PS to do the noise reduction. I’ve tested Nik’s Dfine which was quite okay but is somehow expensive. Then I found out from Aperture users group in Flickr that many people use Neat Image plug-in for dealing with noise.

Neat Image may be a very good candidate. I’ve now looked through many example pics and the plug-in seems to be great. I have to test it by myself and if it is a good one I may start to use Aperture 3 again.