DPP, Lightroom and Photo Ninja, samples

Started Mar 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: DPP, Lightroom and Photo Ninja, samples

MisterBG wrote:

I haven't tried Photo Ninja, but comparing results from DPP, Corel AftershotPro and RawTherapee, I found that Lightroom gave by far the best highlight recovery, sharpness and overall balance.

No doubt ACR/LR is the most powerful raw converter available. I have used both of them for several years( as well as few others).

It's all very well using "Auto" or "Default" settings, but these programs are quite complex, and with a challenging subject you often need to spend quite a lot of time fine tuning the settings.
I'd agree with you that Photo Ninja is returning some good results, but in a final image it's probably going to be difficult, if not impossible, to distinguish the results between PN and Lightroom. "You pays your money and makes your choice."

Any raw converter is more than auto or default setting, PN is not any different. It has much less options for manipulating a raw file, but it has enough for most pictures and it has few tricks even ACR/LR can't match. I am saying it as a  long term user of these two programs.

Having auditioned each version of Lightroom from v1 and been unimpressed, I finally found with v4.3 (now 4.4RC) that Adobe has produced a program that was worth purchasing.

You can't go wrong with LR. In conjunction with CS it is the most powerful converter out there.

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