Robgo2: Since upgrading from DxO 9 Elite to DxO 10 Elite costs only $69, I felt that I didn't have much to lose and went for it. Right off the bat, I can see that tonal adjustments are improved with white and black points being more stable, i.e. they are less likely to shift with other tone adjustments. Highlight recovery seems better as well. Overall, I like the new version and think that it should serve most users well.
However, in head to head tests with Photo Ninja, PN is the clear winner, and that even includes Noise Ninja vs. Prime NR in super high ISO shots. Prime is hugely overrated (and overhyped), IMO. It may remove noise, but it does so at the cost of smearing detail and producing blotchiness. Neither program offers local adjustments. For that I use Perfect Photo Suite and get better results than are possible with raw convertors such as LR and C1. Sure, it means working on a converted file, but that's hardly a tragedy.
I'm not seeing any comparisons with Nik Software's dFine program. Very, very good noise reduction if you can't use DxO (as in with JPGs, etc). The thing I like about DxO is that if you boost the shadows, DxO automatically corrects for noise removal from those brightened dark areas. Other than glacial performance, DxO saves me lots of time in post for just this reason.
Is anyone experiencing the incredibly slow performance of this software, especially when using an external HD? It's incredibly good software, but takes forever to load and load thumbs.
WHY have you not done full reviews of the Canon 1Dx or the Nikon D4???
WHERE is the full review???
Poweruser: Still not sure where the point is with wide-gamut screens?
95%+ of users cant see any difference because their devices run SRGB at best (often times uncalibrated), think of tablets, phones, all Macs, etc.
Also, you cant "print" Adobe RGB.
Usually when printing, but there's a garbage-in-garbage-out concept here as well. I want to see it all. When you do your post with the most possible image information, the final result will always look better when converted down to sRGB or JPG for printing.
And don;t forget to get the highest quality video card you can afford.
what was the brand name of that memory card???
Nikonworks: Thanks for this article.
I always stayed away from Phase One and in my mind that spells 'alot of money', cameras, etc.
but I clicked the link and downloaded the 254MB file.
Ran Express and can clearly see the detail in my D5100 RAW files that I have been missing using other converters.I compared several. I did not compare DXO yet.The Express white balance tool is also remarkable.
When I get my D7100 I will likely buy the full program.
I just completed two shoots today and after my testing of express I reworked both of them to much better final images than I obtained with my current workflow.
Another great composition... and another example of when to break the rules! This is one of the better reflections; the color is really saturated and looks VERY dramatic... A suggestion would be to darken the sky to bring out the color in the above-river area... but VERY well done! I love it!
This would be my 2nd favorite... Tremendous color, the light haze just under Half Dome... the composition... I REALLY love this shot... perfect saturation, this is a really tremendous photo. One of those that just hits me right.
You did a GREAT job capturing those subtle colors... wow! Just the right amount of saturation, great composition, it;s level... My tiny suggestion would be to try to bring out detail in the trees, but you done GOOD! It's good you captured so much of the sky with those very subtle color variations. Excellent!
A GREAT example of when to break the rules! You have a left-facing element on the left side of the frame, but the line of trees behind it makes it work and is an excellent example of when to break the rules! I would boost the saturation a bit but that's all it needs. Very good!!
Very good composition with the reflection... I would boost the saturation a bit to make the sunlight on Half Dome jump out a bit... No HDR which is a nice variation... The hovering campfire smoke gives it a nice aura... Well Done!
One of the more excellent tight shots of Half Dome. Very very good! Again, heavy HDR. The more prponounced this look, the more I like to see it as B&W. But overall an excellent shot!
I think this one is my winner...
Wow, wow, wow! Excellent everything! Composition, exposure, the black and white treatment... Whatever you did with it it looks like an old tin-type shot from the late 1800s. I think you did a great job in the field and a TREMENDOUS job in post. Well done indeed.
Oh man... A different shot of this view for sure! And it was rendered that way in post! This is obviously overdone processing, but it works!! You shifted the colors but it still has tremendous dramatic impact. Excellent job! I'd like to see this one in Black and White as well.
Very very good! Excellent composition, it's level, you included the whispy clouds above... well done. My only tiny suggestion would be to goose the saturation just a bit. But tremendous job!
I LOVE this shot... great composition, level, exposed well... The HDR is just a tiny bit overdone on this for my taste, but that's a nit-pick. It's a great shot as-is, but I'd love to see it as a black and white. And you did a great job considering shooting from an area way to the left of the main viewing area... Very very good!!
Great news, but I'm waiting for them to do something about the performance of C1 on a Mac. Mine runs horribly on a MacBook Pro (v8,2) Chokes, stalls, takes for-EVER to load... I also agree with the post about the horrible noise reduction; it's the WORST! HOWEVER; the color quality of the conversions and the file management capability is the best, which is why I put up with the shortcomings.
Holy cow! This ranks as one of the most erotic, sexiest shots I've seen in a long time! And all without being graphic and explicit! It's the shoes... Bravo! (Jeeez, Louise, this gal has a body...)