Tue 19-Jun-12 12:27 AM | edited Tue 19-Jun-12 12:28 AM by chroaz
Well I've been trialling DxO Optics Pro now for about 2 weeks and running hundreds of my D800 images through it and Lightroom 4 to compare.
I've finally decided to buy it and incorporate it into my predominantly Lightroom 4 workflow for some of, if not quite all, my images. Here are some of my reasons:
- It is a very good RAW Converter right out of the box with its default settings so you can get to a "good" processed image very quickly
- It is extraordinary with its Optical Adjustments - Geometry, Lens Corrections etc (if your lens/camera combination is supported - which mine are)
- Its sharpness and noise algorithms are very good and again defaults are almost spot-on
- Color correction is good too and I like the detail and tones
So I'm going to have to adjust my workflow:-
1. Import Images from my card into my Lightroom folder and backup structure as before 2. Rate images (actually using a color label) for RAW conversion in DxO 3. Open DxO and process the selected images in DxO 4. Output the images if no further processing is required to my appropriate "output" folder in JPEG format. If further processing or ouput "manipulation" is required I will output a TIFF file back into my DxO subfolder in my Lightroom folder structure and go on from there.
The 2 main downsides to this are (1) Time, it's going to take a little longer with an extra step, but that is somewhat offset by DxO being so darned good for quite of lot of the initial corrections and (2) Resources - I already have a Quad Core Mac and (now) 16Gb of Memory and 3 2TB hardrives - so I'm Ok for now. But clearly I'm going to be using a lot of disk space and processing power as I shoot more and more with my D800 (my new one arrives tomorrow!).
So, for me anyway, I'm happy to put these 2 applications together, and I think DxO does a number of things much better than Lightroom, while Lightroom can go a bit further on the "local" processing front and of course has a powerful DAM function which remains the core of my workflow.
I'm really glad I tried this!
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. - Ansel Adams