Toby Haynes wrote:
I'm trying to reduce noise using multiple photos of the very same subject, 
using both a tripod or simply repeating a scan a number of times ( i have a 
flatbed scanner with a lot of noise especially in dark areas... )

So far i have tried with my old broken camera that had powerful noise at 400 
iso  and first results are not bad at all.

( heavy purple fringing is probably due to the fact that i choosed 5/7 of the 
max resolution, 5 mp instead of 7 )
You might consider the Anti-Lameness Engine, which is expressly designed for exactly this sort of task (including re-aligning the images and suppressing noise).

Hugin ( is useful if you need to exactly align a number of images prior to any stacking. It can also be used to remove chromatic aberation with a little care (although it's fiddly and time consuming).

I normally take photos in raw, which seems to eliminate a lot of the color noise on long exposures. My camera is usually okay within 5-10sec exposures, but this time I took shots in Jpeg, which then to generate more noise when there is a lot of low-level light on a long exposure.
It looks like lint or squiggly lines all throughout the image.

I tried using despeckle, which does a fine job, however, it tends to kill the sharpness and distorts anything that was smooth, especially circles and droplet edges. I tried Selective Gaussian, that seems to help with some of the color blockiness. Is there another method I can use to help eliminate those squiggly artifacts?
Would using multiple images help eliminate the noise?


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