Now DXO NR compared to Topaz (alternate WF)

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Now DXO NR compared to Topaz (alternate WF)
Apr 16, 2014

So, I tried an alternate work flow for the same raw file that I used LR and Topaz on in the other thread and another forum member, Felixography, applied DXO NR also to the same raw file.  I've posted 100% crops from the centre, lower left and upper right of the frame to allow easier comparison of the NR effectiveness.  My opinion is both methods here are getting pretty good but feel free to tell me what you think.

First, here is the new Topaz work-flow 1. apply PK50-135 lens profile, 2. Push the shadows (In this case it amounts to a little over a stop of push to the right) 3. Apply Topaz Medium Raw NR with standard detail recovery 4. Draw down the highlights 3/4 stop and push the rest of the shadow about 1/4 stop 5. sharpen if desired.

The key difference here is that Topaz is applied after the big shadow push.

The noise looks pretty well controlled in the DXO version as well to me.

I'll post the (nearly) full sized image in a reply to this post.

100% centre Topaz NR

Upper right 100%

Lower left 100%

DXO NR centre 100%

Lower left

Upper right

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