A case study of IQ differences between Luminar 4 vs DxO PL4

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BG28 Regular Member • Posts: 440
Re: A case study of IQ differences between Luminar 4 vs DxO PL4

AlmostDoctor wrote:

I noticed that on my phone screen, it does look too much. On my laptop, it doesn't look nearly as over the top so I didn't really realize it.

I guess it's the downside of not having calibrated monitor and pushing the saturation to the limits.

It's pretty wild how different screens display the same image..

While I agree that the saturation is too high in PL4 image, the textures in the tree stump is still far more realistic looking in PL4 than in Luminar 4 which is interesting to me. The textures in PL4 looks a lot more painting-like, which is also something I noticed from other files I edited in Luminar 4. In my limited experience, DxO seems to retain more photo-realistic textures even when pushing the saturation quite a bit.

One difference that stands out to me is that the clarity looks to have been pushed a bit too far in Luminar (imo). Looking at the stump, the midtone contrast is much less than the DxO image and jpeg. That might be contributing to the overall "blown out" effect, alongside the saturation.

It's a nice portrait, tho. That dog looks so majestic!

The other current thread about raw processing has me convinced I need something else besides Luminar (3) to rely on. I just recently lost access to PS Elements during a software update last week, so I definitely needs something to replace the lost capability.

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