Lens Softness takes advantage of the lens modules we downloaded at the very beginning. This is a great way of seeing what a difference the lens corrections have made, and the transformations can be startling — your lenses are often worse than you thought! It means paying another £39, however, to get ViewPoint 2. Of course in this review we do not have the space to comment on all file formats. I am considering whether to add PhotoLab to my tool bag and it is important to consider workflow. It sounds processor-intensive, and it is.
DxO is honest enough to warn you of the unwieldy size and processing requirements of the D800 files. DxO FilmPack 5 is another add-on program that replicates the look of old analog materials and techniques. I need more practice with it. Whilst the software offers a lot of easier workflows and many training resources for the software , I tend to just dive in with all the adjustment options open, ready to experiment. Its unique Prime noise-reduction feature, U Point local adjustments, Lens Sharpness, and ClearView Plus tools bring us close to photography nirvana.
When first selecting an image in DxO PhotoLab, it automatically applies a range of edits. Powerful programs always have to make a trade-off with user interface, but DxO balances it fairly well. You swap between the two using buttons in the upper left, although they could be separated visually a bit more from the rest of the interface. The Auto Mask tool is quick and effective, though it can sometimes leave edge haloes around object outlines. If you are unsure or you would like to try before you buy, DxO also offers a free trial of its software. Perhaps the best example is the DxO Smart Lighting system, which attempts to bring out detail in dark shadow areas and bring back highlight detail in the brightest.
In fact, DxO's regular 'High' noise reduction process, also improved in version 9, is very effective too and almost instant by comparison. At 6400 what would it be like vs the Sony. I use it more broadly, to make numerous scenes pop. The default settings are changed once you start manually fiddling around with the adjustment values. I am looking for a better tool for processing camera raw from Nikon 300s and Nikon 700.
But at the end of the day, after counting to 100 several times to vent my frustrations, I feel a sense of satisfaction with the images edited in OpticsPro 10 Elite edition. Denoising can now happen at all zoom levels as in other image editors. The handling of the software presents no issues. As a log-time user of Lightroom and Photoshop, and a very halfhearted DxO customer, I had to think carefully about the upgrade to Photolab, but for the price, why not? You may need a large display to really navigate the window properly, but the same can be said for the majority of photo editing softwares. If you have not already got the module downloaded, DxO PhotoLab suggests you do so via a pop-up window. Working with Presets The Customize screen is where we get down to business. It knows my camera, my lenses and their optical quirks and corrects them automatically.
However, DxO has made it as seamless as possible to work with Lightroom - direct import and export to Lightroom are supported, so there are no additional steps required other than choosing Edit in DxO and then returning those adjusted files back to your Lightroom catalog. I have yet to experience the commercial issues described by the other reviewer, but as far as the product go I am very impressed. You add a control point to the centre of an area in the image that you want to adjust, then use drop-down slider controls to change the exposure, contrast, saturation and other properties for that area. I really need keywords like London, Berlin instead of london, berlin. To get a couple of DxO PhotoLab's coolest features, such as Prime de-noising and ClearView, you need the Elite version, which is what I tested for this review.
Believe me, it does an amazing job. With this selected, Optics Pro will look for faces in the frame and base its automated adjustments on those, but you can also manually select an area of interest, which is a good way of matching the adjustments to key areas of the scene. Their user interfaces are almost exactly the same in terms of layout, and both use a very similar dark grey tone for all their panel backgrounds. However, the Organize window mainly covers the Ease of Use section, while the Customize window demonstrates how effective the software is in the Performance section. This is a circular gadget with tool icons around the outside, offering a Brush, Graduated Filter, Control Point, Auto Mask, Eraser, New Mask and Reset buttons.
See my review of Capture One here. The much vaunted U-Point function is fine but not my fave function. It also converts raw files, and it has some tricks up its sleeve here too, using DxO's Smart Lighting technology to open up shadow details and recover the maximum possible dynamic range from your images. The auto-correction is far better than you see in most photo software, and it's often all you need. There are other improvements that justify the big number upgrade. In Organize mode you use a Source Browser panel on the left of the window to locate the folders containing the photos you want to convert.
Note that DxO has changed the configuration of its Standard and Elite packages, too. However, those features should have been removed from the initial PhotoLab review, and only referenced in the add-on section. Also, you can download a fully operational version for a 30-day free trial. DxO helpdesk is willing to help me with re-configuring of my router, but I'm a litte anxious that this will result in recovery of my DxO update procedures but problems with one of more. You have to look closely to see the improvements in noise, sharpness and especially edge sharpness, but the optimisation of the lighting and the effectiveness of the lens aberration corrections are obvious straight away.