Hi All, This is an older post but here is what I have to say. I tried this software a long time ago and it didn’t do anything for me then, and I haven’t tried the newer versions out now. But I went to Mike’s pictures and pulled one out that the sky was blown out that the software didn’t even try to fix. I believe the new Lightroom 5 could have pulled the highlights back in his picture. I edited it and you can tell me what you think, so some color is better than none I think.
Then Clyde’s picture I took and edited the first one as they looked about the same, and I don’t know what the flowers are made of. But I edited it and you tell me what you think of that edit and what did a better job.
Then I took Chris’s first pig that he edited in DxO and edited it and think it came out much better than either DxO or just Lightroom. Not much color in this picture. Chris with the new Lightroom 5 you would have been able to really bring down the highlights in your picture. Look at my edit and tell me what you think. I don’t have the RAW NEF so there is only so much I can do with these small files but you are using Lightroom already you might want to upgrade to Lightroom 5 as it has some great new features.
Now that I said and did all this I am a long time Nikon Capture NX2 user and added OnOne’s software when it first came out with Version 5 and now version 8. I also have Nik’s software that works inside Capture NX2 that I use regularly that it is hard to beat with this combination. But Lightroom 5 has some great features now it is hard not to use it. You can bring the highlight down so far and bring skies back in that are blown out it is amazing. Same with the shadows you can lighten them up and bring out the detail, along with the auto straighten tool. It doesn’t work perfect all the time but you can use the manual mode after the auto to finish it off to get it straight. It is the first time I used Lightroom in years but still need to use OnOne’s software to finish it off to get the best finished results that I think can’t be beat. I know everyone has their own way of editing and may not like the way I edit something. But OnOne software just does an amazing job that can’t be beat I think. I didn’t use Lightroom to edit any of these pictures as I don’t have the RAW NEF that I would need to edit them. All of it was done in Capture NX2 and with OnOne Suites 7.5. I am waiting to hear what you think.