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