Like many other photography products the 1st step of reading instructions was avoided to test the ease of use of the software program. The purpose of this omission to read instructions is to test how intuitive the program is for use. Let’s just say that for the DxO Optics Pro 9 software program I did not look at the instructions once. Please note that the difference between the standard version versus the elite version I am reviewing are the camera(s) and lens combinations.
When you open DxO optics Pro 9 you land in the “organize” tab where you navigate through your computer folders to locate your images. You are then presented with all the images in a filmstrip view. In this view you are able to organize the images by rating the images from 1 star to 5 star. After rating the images, I then clicked to the customize tab and presented with some amazing presets.
Since DxO is known for amazing noise reduction, I had to search through my old archives for some images to test and all I have to say was WOW. I have never witnessed such magic. Noise reduction isn’t the only amazing task DxO optics Pro 9 excels. For images of buildings with columns where I used my Nikkor 14-24 2.8, DxO optics Pro 9 was also amazing where it was able to fix lens distortion at ease. Images of people taken with my ultrawide lense that resulted in unflattering distortion also was solved with minimal effort to what I am used to with the use of DxO optics pro 9. Let’s just say my go to software for noise and lens distortion is now DxO optics pro 9. I am sure there are more benefits to this software that I will reveal as I include DxO optics pro 9 to my workflow. In terms of workflow, since the ratings set in DxO optics pro 9 doesn’t carry over to my main image editors, I can’t use DxO optics pro 9 for image culling.
A FEW OF THE FEATURES I FOUND MOST USEFUL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: (view a full listing at the manufacturer website
- Intuitive user interface
- Exceptional noise reduction
- Optical corrections
- Geometric corrections
I am actually thinking twice about a complete workflow overhaul. Where I use DxO to cull and make RAW edits like “Smart lighting”, “Noise Reduction”,”Optical Corrections etc.., then process the files and export to TIF and then import the TIF to lightroom to add signature tweaks to apply my style to the images. I’d be using up more storage space as I will be saving both TIF and the NEF file but with low cost of hard drives it would not be a problem. What is a huge plus is now I am not afraid of shooting at iso 1000 which is a huge deal for a camera that once you reach iso 600 noise isn’t that bearable.
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Look out for future articles about my experiences with the new workflow utilizing DxO optics pro 9.
Of course don’t take my word for it, DxO offers a free trial to give it a test run and be amazed.
Disclosure: We’ve received this product at no cost for this review. The views and opinion expressed in this review are mine.
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