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Noise Ninja Winners Announced

Sorry for not picking and announcing the Noise Ninja giveaway winners last night as I said I would. I just moved back to Berkeley for graduate studies in CS, and my new place doesn’t have Internet yet. I finally got some Internet access now, sitting in the East Asian Library on campus:


So, the giveaway has ended, and we received a total of 95 comment entries and 67 entries through twitter for a total of 162 entries. The three numbers (and winners) that I randomly selected are:

#155: Bob Snyder (@fordan)

A Snow Leopard. I heard there’s a cool new operating system modeled after it!

#132: Joe Reding (@JoeReding)

If I could be any animal I wanted to be I would be an owl.

#110: Treasa Lynch (@treasa)

I’d like to be a bat, today, at least.

Congratulations! Please email to claim your Noise Ninja license.

Thanks to everyone who participated! Also, I’ll be giving away something pretty awesome in the coming days to celebrate PetaPixel crossing the 10,000 follower mark on Twitter. Stay tuned!

Some other interesting responses we received:

ivoryhut (website)

I’d be a panda bear and pinch my own cheeks all day. I’d have to figure out how to work a camera remote, though, for all those pictures I’ll be wanting to take of myself. Before I go extinct.

micahtaylor (website)

For sure a Three-toed sloth. It’s like a Wookie in real life.

Rob Goldberg (@rob_goldberg)

If I could be an animal I would be an Organ Oak. Also known in some parts of the world as a Kangaroo (at least those parts of the world that don’t speak in anagrams).

Hi-Yah! Killing Noise With Noise Ninja

Update: This giveaway is now over. The winners were randomly selected and announced here. Thanks to everyone who participated!

One of the tools I occasionally bust out during post-processing is Noise Ninja, a noise-reduction program/plugin used by seven of the ten largest newspapers in the United States.

Take this photograph I took yesterday as an example:


Though I was shooting outdoors with plenty of light, I had accidentally left my ISO set at 1600. This caused the photograph to end up looking dirty and full of noise. In addition, I underexposed the photo, giving it even more noise after correcting the exposure during post-processing.

You can hover over the above image to see the image after using Noise Ninja on it.

Don’t see much of a difference? Maybe a crop of a smaller area of the frame will help you see what Noise Ninja does (hover over this before image to see the after image):


Neat, huh? The amount of noise in the photo was significantly reduced, even before tweaking and selectively editing the image. For some more before-and-after examples, visit the gallery on the PictureCode website.

I’m giving away three (3) Noise Ninja Pro Bundle licenses, each worth $79.95. These bundles include the Photoshop plugin, the Aperture plugin, and the standalone program. All you need to do to enter this giveaway is answer the following question:

If you could turn into any animal, which animal would you choose?

There’s two ways you can tell us your answer, and feel free to use both ways:

  1. Leave a comment on this post (at
  2. Tweet your answer, and include this link somewhere in the tweet:

    The tweet doesn’t even need to be @petapixel. As long as the link is somewhere in the tweet, our friendly little giveaway bot will find it.

This giveaway will end next Tuesday morning, on August 25th, 2009. We’ll be picking the winner randomly using As usual, in addition to the winner we’ll post some of the more creative or interesting responses we receive.

Good luck!

PictureCode is not (currently) a sponsor of PetaPixel. They were simply nice enough to provide us with these licenses for us to give away to you, our awesome readers.

Update: Just learned that I had accidentally posted the deadline as September 1st, or a week later than I intended. Fixed it to read August 25th. Thanks for catching this @scottnopants!