DxO Optics Pro 11 has been replaced by DxO PhotoLab. Read the DxO PhotoLab review here. There’s a line on the DxO Optics Pro website that explains its aim perfectly: “Upgrade your images without upgrading your equipment”. DxO Optics Pro 11 does this in two ways. First, it uses lab-developed lens profiles to correct aberrations in over 950 camera lenses, fixing distortion, … [Read more...] about DxO Optics Pro 11 review
DxO Optics Pro
DxO Optics Pro is the forerunner of DxO PhotoLab, offering top-class RAW processing and optical corrections to get the best possible quality from even a modest camera/lens combination. All of its capabilities have been incorporated into its successor, DxO PhotoLab, which now includes local adjustment tools and has become a much more powerful photo editing tool.
DxO has updated all three of its key image correction and enhancement applications. DxO Optics Pro 10.5.4 comes with support for six new cameras and 50 additional lens combinations to bring the total to more than 28,000 – camera and lens profiles are used together to provide the software’s automatic RAW conversion and lens correction features. • DxO Optics Pro 11 … [Read more...] about DxO Optics Pro 10.5.4 update and half price offer
DxO Optics Pro 10 comes with a whole bunch of interesting-looking presets, but it's really easy to create your own. Once you've perfected a 'look' that you like, you can then apply it to your photos in the same way as the built-in presets. Here's how it's done. DxO Optics Pro 11 review 01: Start from scratch or from a preset you like If you know exactly the look … [Read more...] about How to create and save your own DxO Optics Pro presets
DxO Optics Pro can produce stunning picture quality, and it automatically finds the right correction profiles for your photos, so mostly you can just sit back and admire the results. Unless you want to make some adjustments, that is, because that's when DxO Optics Pro shows a very different side. Here, you must swap to the Customize module, where the standard DxO workspace … [Read more...] about Clear the decks! Create a custom DxO workspace in minutes, save hours later
Don't write off DxO Optics Pro as a one-tricky pony. It's brilliant at correcting lens aberrations and perspective and maximising the quality of your RAW files, but the lack of any localised adjustment tools can tempt you into migrating to another app as soon as you've fixed the basic issues. But don't be in such a rush, because you could be missing out on some of Optics Pro's … [Read more...] about Beautiful black and white with DxO Optics Pro: Part 1
DxO Optics Pro 9 came with a new PRIME noise reduction feature that was much more effective than the program's regular High noise reduction process, but it was a processor-intensive task that took several minutes to render a finished image. Worse, some users remarked that the processed files looked a little 'soft'. I wasn't exactly overwhelmed by it myself in my first PRIME … [Read more...] about DxO Optics Pro Prime 9.0 vs 9.1: is there a difference?
One of DxO Optics Pro's trademark features is its Smart Lighting technology. DxO Smart Lighting works on your RAW files to bring out shadow detail without compromising your midtones or highlights. You can use it to recover far greater dynamic (brightness) range from your RAW files. But it's not always been easy to figure out. Early versions of Optics Pro came with a fearsome … [Read more...] about DxO Smart Lighting vs Selective tone: what’s the difference?
DxO Optics Pro made its name with its automatic lens correction profiles, but it has evolved into a powerful and effective RAW conversion tool too. And part of its success lies in the DxO Smart Lighting' technology, which recovers blocked-in shadow detail to reveal a full range of tones in your pictures. But it's not always been easy to get to grips with, so it was a relief … [Read more...] about DxO Smart Lighting v7 vs v9: which is best?
Export sharpening is a setting that's often overlooked when you generate images for online or on-screen viewing, but it makes a big difference to how sharp your pictures look. Every time you resample an image, you introduce a degree of blur because the software has to interpolate new pixel values – and this applies when you're downsizing images for web use too. In part 1 I … [Read more...] about Export sharpening part 2: DxO Optics Pro 9 and Capture One Pro 7
Editor's note: This was written back in 2013 and I know it needs an update. The broad conclusions still apply – that different RAW converters produce very different results – but I do need to re-test the latest versions to bring the results up to date. Rod Lawton All RAW converters are not the same! I'm surprised at how many people use Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom (it's the … [Read more...] about DxO vs Lightroom vs Capture One Pro – which is best?