« on: November 18, 2014, 06:48:24 PM »
I mean, I have printed like 40 files of size 8x10 and nothing bigger. So if I can get cleaner images that will print at that size amazing ... Awesome..
here you go way off track though. Shooting at a tiny size and then printing does not get you a better image than shooting at a large size and then printing (well I mean it depends, if you really hate noise and don't mind less detail and don't want to bother with more advanced do it yourself NR and targeting to the output size, etc. in a quick and dirty way maybe you might say it gives a better print, but not for most and don't forget that whatever noise you do have left will be all at a larger 'grain' size which tends to bother the eye more, sometimes some little bitty noise on top of that can actually look better as you print to the same size....).
And at 8x10" you'd be giving away, with a shot taken with decent technique in a reasonable scenario where you were able to get details reasonably close to the max that the sensor can handle, details by doing this and not gaining much.
As I said if noise really bothers you more than loss of some details, then you can use advanced NR software and end up with less noise and more detail than simply shooting small image sizes. If you crank NR way up the noise goes down but so does the detail. Lots of NR algorithms can tend to head towards a waxy, plasticky look if dialed up much, so it's easy to end up with a result weirder than shooting small if you just use the NR tool in an unpracticed way. OTOH it can also allow you to retain a smaller 'grained' look which tends to look better to the eye even if noise were even to be left higher.