... now what, Darktable or Lightroom?
I have taken 30 shots indoors at artificial light at ISO 10000. On the live view display of the camera they looked great, now on the monitor, in the fullscreen preview from Darktable they look terrible.
What can I do to denoise these raw images. I have Lightroom 5 at my disposal, but also Darktable v1.2.3.
I tried Darktable v1.2.3 with "noise bilateral filter", and it can improve the look of the exported JPEGs considerably, but it's slow (denoise+resize 18M raw file takes 2 min/pic). Are there any better plugins that are easy to use without much fiddling, but do a good job aat denoising?
By the way, Here is a feature request from a guy who complained (in 2012) about darktable's noise correction capabilities. He says that Darktable is poor w.r.t. color accuracy and even more so, performance. Is that still true?
Comparison of 4 pictures (these are not taken by me):
UPDATE: I have now used Lightroom, because there denoising is simple and 'just works', whereas in Darktable 1.2.3 I have three denoising submodules I can choose from. Needless to say, trying all 3 of them takes a lot of work and is quite time conusming. But it is still worth doing at some time, just because it is open source and the algorithms are well documented (at above-mentioned links for instance)