Posted Fri Feb 4, 2005 12:18PM
Hi all,hope someone can give me a little nudge in the right direction.Im having real probs with "noise" on the above camera.Ive tried different settings etc but im getting around 90% rejection from istock.Does anyone own this camera,had these problems themselves and hopefully sorted them out.Ive contacted fuji but they cant be bothered to even acknowledge my email so can anyone help me please,please,please.
Posted Fri Feb 4, 2005 1:40PM
Howsit, i dont have the S7000, but i do have the S5500, i think its a S5100 in the states, and all my fotos on istock have been taken with that, it performs really well when the light is good, which is why i shoot on iso64 or 100 and never higher, when the light starts fading the noise levels go a bit bad. I dont know what type of images you are shooting tho ? maybe if you let me know i could give my opinion
Posted Fri Feb 4, 2005 2:15PM
I have a S7000 and you do have to have good light and I usually have to size it down it a little to get rid of some noise. You can also try one of the programs out there to reduce noise after the fact. I've seen other photographers here who use the S7000 with success. I also have a D70 and I get noise there too. I'm trying to get better at taking pictures and the noise seems to get better. Good luck!
Posted Sat Feb 5, 2005 12:28PM
hi, I had the older 602zoom - great piece of kit, nearly every pic I uploaded was excepted, it was stolen and I rushed out to get anything for my holiday to South Africa, with the thought of getting something decent when I get back. I took loads of pictures, and excitedly started to upload to istock, all of the pictures I had taken where rejected because on noise
remember we are talking South Africa here, almost perfect when it comes to natural light conditions. with the 602 I never had a problem. Since I have been back I got a 300d - no more messing
example of what was rejected
Posted Sat Feb 5, 2005 7:16PM
The S7000 should be set to 6mp and turn off the sharpening. If you save in jpg there is going to be noise because the S7000 algorithym is best for printing. On the screen you see noise that is never in the print.
To keep noise to a minimum, shoot in good light, iso set to 100. If you shoot RAW format, you can avoid most problems with noise but you will need to post process your images, preferably in Photoshop CS (or Photoshop Elements 3).
Use a tripod. Avoid the auto setting. Make good use of your aperature and shutter settings.
If you cannot avoid shooting in low light, take three exposures (bracketing) and layer them in PS to reduce noise. You can do the same by using one RAW shoot and saving three separate psd files, then layer and blend.
It is possible to get some really good shots with the S7000, but if they will be viewed on screen, they will probably require some post processing.
I hope that is of some help.
(Also do a search - this subject has been discussed here on the forum several times for the S7000)
(Edited on 2005-02-05 07:21:36 by sakaasa)
Posted Sat Feb 5, 2005 7:36PM
To keep noise to a minimum, shoot in good light, iso set to 100.
That would be great... except the S7000 does not HAVE an iso 100 setting. The lowest it can be set for manually is iso 200, and in full auto mode it only goes down to iso 160.
BUT - you can get around this.
A number of the images in my istock portfolio were taken with a S7000. Now, first let me say that I'm now using Paint Shop Pro 9 for my image editor, and I've found the new noise reduction feature in it works *extremely* well with Fuji images. I leave the S7000 set at it's 12MP size, with in-camera sharpening set to "low". I take my shot, reduce the pixel size to around 6 megapixels, and apply whatever bright/contrast and the noise reduction filter via PSP9 to it. Once I started doing things in that order, they all began to get accepted into the istock library.
Just my personal experience.
(Edited on 2005-02-05 07:40:47 by Atlantagreg)
(Edited on 2005-02-05 07:41:19 by Atlantagreg)
Posted Tue Feb 8, 2005 4:48PM
Keep trying Alfsky. . . . it will come good in the end, 300D sounds good, just work a little O/T. .. LOL.
Posted Wed Feb 9, 2005 5:34AM
I use the S7000 and found that just by using RAW rather than anything else the image quality increased. You do need though lots of card space for them (19 on a 256Mb CF card isn't a lot).
I am having trouble though, with noise on clear blue skies, and I'm currently playing with NeatImage and Photoshop to try and get rid of this noise.
(Edited on 2005-02-09 05:38:42 by 4D)
Posted Wed Feb 9, 2005 7:31AM
Atlantagreg - I was wondering what settings you used in psp9 for the noise reduction? I frequently get rejected because of OVER smoothing. I can see from your post that one of my probs is that it is set sharpening on high. I'll have to change that and see what happens. I get rejected alot for noise too. I'm still persistent lol.
Posted Wed Feb 9, 2005 7:55AM
Pretty much the default setting of (50) works with many of the images, though I've found that at times I have to tweak it from 45 to 55 depending on the image. The before and after windows are your friend here, and will give you a great view as to how well each setting works.
I tried different combos of things, but what works for me now, is to apply my bright/contrast/levels adjustments first, then apply the noise reduction, and then resize the image to a 6MP pixel size. Once I did that, my S7000 images got accepted.
Definately, take your camera sharpness setting off of high, and bump it down to low. The Fuji superCCD images just do not stand up to sharpening as well as those from traditional CCDs, and it causes them to look patch-worky when viewed at 100%. Fuji reminds people that you don't normally look at an image at that size, but they fail to realize that when you're using the superCCD cameras for stock work, the stock agencies DO look at them at 100% for noise, etc. and will decline them unless you take the pics with the camera settings just right, and then use those anti noise filters.
Posted Thu Feb 10, 2005 10:50AM
cheers for all the replies peeps,once again youve proved what a friendly bunch u lot are...thanks again