Before & After Forest Walk
DXO is my go to RAW Editor
I took this shot at a local forest walk near where we live. I liked the way the pathway curved around leading you through the picture. The original shot does not show the ambiance of what I was feeling or seeing at the time. These shots are always tricky as you have strong contrast between the darker and lighter parts of the image.
For processing my images I have two go to applications.
DXO Pro (Now called DXO Photo Lab) It appears DXO have acquired NIK filter, which was a google product. For me, that is an interesting development. DXO is my go to RAW editor. For this before & after I example used DXO pro to do my RAW file adjustments.
Why I like DXO Pro
I like using DXO Pro as it uses a set of smart assisted corrections based on your camera and lens to fine tune your RAW or JPEG images. After DXO has done its automatic adjustments you can manually fine-tune the results.
DXO have produced a video showing the combined technology.
[vimeo 239626702 w=640 h=360]
PS: I only discovered this when I began writing this post.
Once I have my RAW or JPEG files looking how I want them to look I then do my final edits, crops, etc using ON1 Photo RAW 2018.
Here is my final image
My General Processing Steps
- RAW file edits done in DXO Pro and fine tuned (using DXO build in RAW presets). These pre-sets do a good job of correcting and enhancing your RAW files.
- Export the DXO files as DNG files.
- Do creative edits and final adjustments using ON1 Photo RAW 2018
- Export for required use. (Social Media, Prints, Stock Photos etc…)
There are times when I choose to just use ON1 RAW 2018 to do my processing. Generally though I like to use DXO Pro first.
Right, time for a coffee……