I’ve been looking at the latest version of DxO’s RAW camera file converter and image processing software.
File browsing has been improved
The latest version of DxO Optics Pro offers a number of advances in both workflow and image processing capabilities.
I’ve used earlier versions for converting some of my RAW camera files, both for colour and black and white.
The ‘project’ based approach found in earlier versions of the software is no longer the default option, making it easier to integrate into existing workflows.
Noise reduction is very effective, both for current cameras and, importantly for me, for older cameras that supported.
This photo is from a Concert in London and was taken at 1250 ISO – the highest setting on my Canon 1Ds that I was using at the time.
Software like this, is one more reason to keep your original RAW files.
Polish jazz singer Anna Maria Jopek in London in 2006
Another powerful feature is the recovery of highlights, which when combined with the ‘One shot HDR’ handling of darker areas of images, allows me to keep all the bright cloud detail in this shot, where much of the rest of the image is relatively underexposed.
Spring snow in Colorado. Hwy.285 South of Poncha Springs
Not software I’ll want to use all the time, but it’s helped pull some great images out of files taken in less than optimal lighting.
This review is also discussed in a Google+ thread