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However, any local adjustments like those will be feasible only for still images or time-lapses where the camera does not move. In any motion control sequences the horizon will be shifting from frame to frame, making precise masking impractical over a sequence of hundreds of images.
The wide-angle lenses we typically use in nightscape and time-lapse imaging suffer from vignetting and lens distortions. Having software that can automatically detect the lens used and apply bespoke corrections is wonderful.
Thus the popularity of these alternative programs. Most offered major updates in late 2021.
And finally, the last touch is to run it subtly through a high-pass sharpener to accent the fine details. We are now complete and ready to share this with the world!
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Selective color and contrast adjustments were good, as was noise reduction. Developing, then exporting a time-lapse set worked very well, but still took as long as with Lightroom or Photoshop.
All the definition and depth of an image comes from how the eye sees and processes contrast. It’s actually a good thing to have shadows that hold onto some of the secrets held within a scene. The images that come out of Photomatix contain all the rich and wide dynamic range possible, but this leaves most of them feeling rather flat and uninspiring. It’s the subtle and careful re-introduction of contrast and shadows that bring back the details and depth. The reason this is all so important is just as with a haircut you can always trim a little off, but it can’t be added back. Similar to post-processing; you can always adjust contrast and micro-contrast on a scene that contains all the dynamic range, but you can’t add any range back if it doesn’t exist at the source.
And ON1 and Luminar have some lovely effects that can be applied by calling them up as plug-ins from within Photoshop, and applied as smart filters. Above, I show Luminar working as a plug-in, applying its “Soft & Airy” filter.
On my machine, the DeNoise AI preview window updates really fast and applying the filter takes about 1-2 seconds. However, slower machines will inevitably bring this process to a crawl, so I looked into the system requirements Topaz recommends.
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Topaz Adjust – this is where I started and the plugin I still recommend for anyone just getting started with Topaz (this article). The reason that I like it is because it has a little of everything. There are a few presets for subtle changes, some for more dramatic effects, some painterly effects, and even some Black and White effects.
None of the non-Adobe programs will work with the third-party software LRTimelapse. It is an essential tool for advanced time-lapse processing. LRTimelapse works with Lightroom or ACR/Bridge to gradually shift processing settings over a sequence, and smooth annoying image flickering.
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Even when shooting nightscape stills we often take several images to stack later. It’s desirable to be able to process just one image, then copy and paste its settings to all the others in one fell swoop. And then to be able to inspect those images in thumbnails to be sure they all look good.
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The best way to reduce noise in your astrophotography images is to improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Meaning, capture as many sub-exposures as possible and integrate the data using software such as DeepSkyStacker, Astro Pixel Processor, or PixInsight.
Sometimes I will then make a copy of that layer and apply a second Topaz plugin to that layer
Key to success is superb noise reduction. Images are shot at high ISOs and are rife with noise in the shadows. We need to reduce noise without losing stars or sharpness in the landscape.
And I have assumed the goal of making that raw image look as good as possible at the raw stage, before it goes to Photoshop or some other bit-mapped editor. That’s an essential workflow for time-lapse shooting, if not still-image nightscapes.
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But worst of all, as shown above, its noise reduction left lots of noisy patches in shadows, no matter what combination of settings I applied. Despite all its hundreds of sliders, results just didn’t look as good.
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I judged other programs on their ability to produce results as good as this, if not better, using their noise reduction sliders. Some programs did better than others in providing smooth, noiseless skies and ground, while retaining detail.
It is open source software by committee, with no one in charge of design or user friendliness. Yes, there is documentation, but it, too, is a lot to wade through to understand, especially with its broken English translations. This is software for digital signal processing geeks.
As far as astrophotography goes, I am sure that most users will use the tool as a Photoshop plugin as I do, during the post-processing stages of their workflow. However, daytime photographers may find the tool handy when editing photos in Lightroom.
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So it is not a full replacement for either Lightroom or Photoshop. But it does produce great looking raw files for export (even as raw DNGs) to other programs.
Cons: It lacks any gradient or local adjustments, or even spot removal brushes. Lens corrections are just manual. There is no dehaze control, which can be useful for snapping up even clear night skies. You cannot layer images to create composites or image stacks. This is not a Photoshop replacement.
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With, in my opinion, DxO and Capture One having the edge for image quality and features. But all five have a Library or Browser mode with easy-to-use Copy & Paste and Batch Export functions needed for time-lapse preparation.
Similarly, there is a denoise slider in Lightroom, but is no where near as good as Topaz DeNoise
Of the contenders, I liked DxO PhotoLab best (shown above), not only for its good shadow and highlight recovery, but also excellent “Smart Lighting” and “ClearView” functions which served as effective clarity and dehaze controls to snap up the otherwise low-contrast sky. With most other programs it was tough to boost the shadows without also flattening the contrast.
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The plug-in uses several image editing algorithms depending on the format of the source file. Moreover, it has a multi-level image adjustment system, which is so appreciated by professionals.
And this is exactly where Topaz Labs DeNoise AI shines
One of the most exciting parts of this experience, for me, was going through some old astrophotos and seeing which ones I could potentially recover. Tools like DeNoise AI have the ability to breathe new life into old projects.
The main issue was that its shadow, highlight, and clarity adjustments just did not produce the snap and contrast I was looking for, but that other programs could add to raw files. Still, it looks promising, and is worth a try with the trial copy. You might find you like it. I did not. For similar cost, other programs did a better job, notably DxO PhotoLab.
For me, the need to use LRTimelapse (shown above) for about 80 percent of all the time-lapse sequences I shoot means the question is settled. LRTimelapse works only with Adobe software, and the combination works great.
In the same ilk as Raw Therapee, I also tested out another free, open-source raw developer, one simply called “darktable,” with v2/2.5 shown below. While it has some nice functions and produced a decent result, it took a lot of time and work to use.
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Pros: ON1 is the only program of the bunch that can: catalog images, develop raw files, and then layer and stack images, performing all that Lightroom and Photoshop can do. It is fast to render previews in its “Fast” mode, but in its “Accurate” mode ON1 is no faster than Lightroom. It has good layering and masking functions, both in its Develop mode and in its Photoshop-like Layers mode.
However, I made no attempt to evaluate all these programs for a wide range of photo applications. That would be a monumental task!
Nor is there any library or browse function. You can batch export images, but only through an unfriendly dialog box that lists images only by file name – you cannot see them. Nor can you copy and paste settings visually, but only apply a user-defined “macro” to develop images en masse upon export.
Available for Mac and Windows for $150, this Lightroom competitor offers a good browser function, with the ability to “copy-from-one and paste-to-many” images (unlike some of the programs below), and a good batch export function for time-lapse work. It has good selective color controls and very good noise reduction providing a smooth background without artifacts like blockiness or haloes.
Click Export and go for coffee – or a leisurely dinner – while the program works through your folder. All programs took an hour or more to export hundreds of images.
While it has auto lens corrections, its database seemed limited — it did not have my Sigma 20mm lens despite it being on the market for 18 months. Manual vignetting correction produced a poor result with just a washed out look.
Above is the image after development in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), using sliders under its Basic, Tone Curve, Detail, HSL, Lens Corrections, and Effects tabs. Plus I added a “local adjustment” gradient to darken the sky at the top of the frame. I judged programs on how well they could match or beat this result.
Photoshop and Lightroom complement each other and are now available together, but only by monthly subscription through Adobe’s Creative Cloud service, at $10/month. Though $120 for a year is not far off the cost of purchasing many of these other programs and perhaps upgrading them annually, many photographers prefer to purchase their software and not subscribe to it.
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Macphun has changed their name to Skylum and now makes their fine Luminar program for both Mac and Windows. While adding special effects is its forte, Luminar does work well both as a raw developer and layer-based editor. But like Affinity, it has no cataloguing feature.
The only caution I have is to remove the color noise before with Capture One and use Topaz only for luminance
The ground is dark, perhaps lit only by starlight. Bringing out landscape details requires excellent shadow recovery.
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As we can see in the picture above we now have a scene full of great range, but not so much that the picture feels unrealistic. The adjustments we were able to make in Topaz (https://dybdoska.ru/hack/?patch=5288) Clarity took just a few seconds of adjusting sliders, replacing a process that was previously multi-stepped and didn’t produce the same striking results. I would have been very happy with the time-saving feature alone, however the multitude of benefits to the plug-in make it something we simply can’t live without.
The lens was the Sigma 20mm Art lens at f/2 and the camera the Nikon D750 at ISO 1600. The camera was on a tracking unit (a Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini) to keep stars pinpoints.
Some programs (Affinity Photo, Luminar, Pixelmator Pro) lack any library function for viewing or browsing a folder of thumbnail images. Yes, you can export a bunch of images with your settings applied as a user preset, but that’s not nearly as good as actually seeing those images displayed in a Browser mode.
The goal of Topaz Labs (https://dybdoska.ru/hack/?patch=6300) DeNoise AI is to reduce digital image noise while preserving detail and increasing image sharpness. If you’re no stranger to astrophotography image processing, that almost sounds too good to be true.
A similar crowd-developed raw processing program, Iridient Developer (above), sells for $99 US. I tested a trial copy of v3/2. While it worked OK, I was never able to produce a great looking image with it. It had no redeeming features over the competition that made its price worthwhile.
However, I found its raw development module did not produce as good a result as most competitors due to Affinity’s poorer noise reduction and less effective shadow and highlight controls. Using Affinity’s “Develop Persona” module, I could not make my test image look as good as with other programs.
First things first, you’ll need to install the software on your computer. Topaz DeNoise is available for both Mac and PC operating systems. For better or for worse, I am a diehard PC user, and I installed the lightweight software on my Windows 10 desktop.
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And yet, despite this, I was still unable to make my test image look quite the way I wanted for color balance. ACR and DxO PhotoLab still won out for the best looking final result.
Noise reduction did not smooth this. Thus, image quality simply wasn’t as good.
The chroma noise reduction feature is especially handy in these situations, but monitoring your image as a whole during this step is a must. I can’t stress enough the fact that masking (see my Select and Mask tutorial), isolating, and defining each element of your astrophotography image is paramount for success.