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
DxO is a French company based in Paris that specialises in high-end optical corrections and RAW processing. Its flagship product is DxO PhotoLab, but it has recently acquired the Nik Collection from Google, which it has updated and now sells as a commercial product. DxO also publishes ViewPoint, a perspective correction program that can be used on its own but also integrates with DxO PhotoLab, and DxO FilmPack, which simulates analog film and darkroom effects but also integrates with PhotoLab.
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
I love film. It's what I grew up with, and it's what I made most of my photographic discoveries – and mistakes – with. I love its richness, depth, unpredictability and character. So I'm especially interested in any film simulation software which promises to replicate the look and feel of traditional silver-based films. But I'm also a bit sceptical, because many of the film … [Read more...] about Which film simulation plug-in is best?
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?
DxO made its name with DxO Optics Pro, its high-powered RAW converter/lens correction application, but it's also branched out into film simulation software, with DxO FilmPack. Version 4 brings some big improvements over the previous version, with the ability to add stains, scratches, distressed borders and light leaks. I'm not too sure about the accuracy of the film … [Read more...] about Have you tried DxO FilmPack 4?
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?
DxO Optics Pro 9 has just been released, and one of the new features is an improved Smart Lighting feature with what DxO claims is even better highlight recovery. According to DxO, it can now recover highlight detail even when the information is not in the original RAW file. • DxO Optics Pro 11 review I thought it would be interesting to try this out by processing the … [Read more...] about Testing DxO Optics Pro 9 highlight recovery