As a professional photographer that grew business using LR and PS, I’ve had a bit of ups and downs to ‘translate’ it to Linux and its programs, most notably RAW converters. It’s been a fun journey with lots of stuff to learn and re-learn, but sometimes I tend to miss certain features.
My preferred choice is RawTherapee. I cannot use Darktable at all, that’s totally out of question.
Now, I’m having a hard time with luminance noise removing in Raw Therapee in high iso (+6400) images. Compared to LR’s dealing with noise, it sucks. Big time. Or maybe I didn’t find the sweet spot yet?
But what I currently have is either:
a) Images with 0% lumi noise removed, all the detail is there, but grain is as large as the roughest sand paper, even when downscaled to monitor resolution.
b) Slightly removed noise, but artifacts kicking in. Nothing to be happy about, detail is compromised, noise is still prominent. So I tend to stick with a).
c) Aggressive noise removal, noise is removed but so is the detail with severe artifacts showing wherever there’s the detail.
What can I do? Is there a good 3rd party plugin for Gimp or stand alone program for Linux? Or maybe I’m missing something in RT?