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
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.
DxO Optics Pro 9 brings a number of important enhancements and new features, but the new PRIME noise reduction processing is one of the most important. It's a highly sophisticated noise reduction process which surveys a thousand surrounding pixels for each pixel processed in an attempt to separate genuine detail from noise. The payback is the processing time, which can run to … [Read more...] about Just how good is the new DxO Optics Pro 9 PRIME noise reduction?
DxO Optics Pro is a combined RAW conversion and lens correction tool. It uses lab-developed profiles for specific camera and lens combinations to automatically correct lens distortion, corner shading (vignetting), edge softness and chromatic aberration (colour fringing) and can transform the quality of pictures from even basic D-SLRs and lenses. Version 9 brings … [Read more...] about DxO Optics Pro 9 announced
DxO Optics Pro's speciality is optical corrections. It does this using a combination of automatic lens corrections and manual perspective adjustment options, including the DxO Force Parallel tool. DxO Optics Pro can identify the lens and camera used to take a picture from the shooting (EXIF) information embedded in the image by the camera, and it then uses custom made … [Read more...] about How to use the DxO Force Parallel tool
DxO is best known for DxO Optics Pro, its combined RAW conversion/lens correction program. DxO ViewPoint 2 is a kind of cut-down version designed to work as a standalone program or, more usefully, as a plug-in within Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom. It's going to be especially useful within Aperture, which doesn't have the distortion and perspective correction tools that the … [Read more...] about What can DxO ViewPoint 2 do for you?
DxO isn't just a tool for correcting lens aberrations. It's also a very powerful and effective RAW conversion program, and while it might not offer the localised adjustments of Aperture, Lightroom or Capture One Pro, it does have some very precise tonal and colour controls – like the DxO Multi-Point Color Balance tool. • DxO Optics Pro 11 review I must admit I've steered … [Read more...] about How to use the DxO Multi-Point Color Balance tool
DxO Optics Pro started out as an automatic lens correction tool but has evolved into a sophisticated RAW conversion program too. And part of its armoury is the DxO Smart Lighting feature, which lightens the darkest parts of the picture to make the lighting more even. • DxO Optics Pro 11 review It might sound like an everyday HDR (high dynamic range) approach, which you … [Read more...] about How to get to grips with DxO Smart Lighting
DxO Optics Pro is designed to correct a range common lens distortions automatically, including distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting and edge softness. But the DxO Volume Anamorphosis option is less well known. It's not enabled in the default DxO corrections, but it can make a big difference to super-wideangle shots and shapes near the edges of the frame. • Note that … [Read more...] about When and why to use the DxO Volume Anamorphosis option
DxO Optics Pro uses custom-made lens correction profiles to fix the distortion issues inherent in nearly all lenses, but it goes further than that – it can also correct the perspective distortion created when you photograph a rectangular object at a slight angle, thanks to the DxO Force Rectangle tool . You often don't notice this kind of misalignment at the time, only later on … [Read more...] about Straighten up your shots with the DxO Force Rectangle tool