DxO Labs Releases DxO PhotoLab 4 With Revolutionary AI-Driven DeepPRIME Demosaicing & Denoising, Improved Workspaces, Batching, History, Launch Discount & More

DxO PhotoLab 4 may well be the most radical update to DxO’s flagship image processing application since I purchased my first licence to any DxO product some years ago. 

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The camera that accidentally changed everything. Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM kit zoom lens. Image courtesy of Canon.

DxO PhotoLab, formerly DxO OpticsPro, became my number one raw image processing application since taking up digital photography with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II quickly followed by the Fujifilm FinePix 100.

I was in the middle of processing two archival sets of documentary photographs when news of the DxO PhotoLab update arrived.

Details about DxO PhotoLab 4’s new DeepPRIME AI-driven demosaicing and denoising feature allied with the time-limited launch discount for the upgrade licence was enough to halt processing to make my purchase and resume work with version 4.

As it happened, both projects were shot with my Fujifilm X100 and Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

See the list of links below to view images from these projects as web resolution JPEG files, though the TIFFs output at the same look incredible by comparison.

Reprocessing both projects  was a great opportunity to re-evaluate my original selects and rejects choices in the light of the strides DxO has made in the years since first processing them in DxO OpticsPro Elite.

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Fujifilm FinePix X100, the camera that got me hooked on digital photography.

One project was shot with the X100 only while the other was photographed largely on the X100 supported by the 5D Mark II when I needed more focal lengths than the X100 provides with its 23mm fixed prime lens, equivalent to 34.5mm in 35mm sensor cameras.

Each camera has distinctly different colour science and a big variation in sensor size and megapixels with 12.4 megapixels in the X100 and 21.1 megapixels in the 5D Mark II.

Both cameras have Bayer sensors, the only sensor type supported by DxO PhotoLab and its DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint companions, and none of them directly support the X-Trans sensors used by Fujifilm in most of its X-Series cameras though not in several of its more entry-level and GFX-Series cameras.

Here are all the Fujifilm cameras currently supported by DxO PhotoLab and its plug-ins:

  • GFX100
  • GFX50S
  • GFX50R
  • X-T200
  • X-T100
  • X-A7
  • X-A5
  • X100

Despite the big difference in sensors, one would be hard-pressed to tell which photograph was made with which camera when processed in DxO PhotoLab 4, something that is not the case with images from both processed in several other raw editing products that I use.

As a result I am now actively resisting the urge to run other documentary projects from my Photo Galleries pages through PhotoLab version 4 but will certainly use it for others that I have yet to dredge out of my archives, provided they have been made with the X100, 5D Mark II and other cameras with Bayer sensors.

A dive into DeepPRIME

I did a quick and dirty comparison between images shot with both cameras when choosing amongst the three noise removal options – HQ, PRIME and DeepPRIME.

In previous versions featuring PRIME, I always chose it over HQ but now DeepPRIME will always be choice number one given how remarkably it not only removes noise but more crucially how it reveals every little detail that the camera has recorded.

Hence it being difficult to tell the difference between 5D Mark II and X100 images when exported as TIFF files at the same dimensions.

DxO PhotoLab 4’s incredible processing capability has now persuaded me to get the X100 out of storage potentially to carry it most days when needing a small camera and to loan it to family members.

I am also looking forward to trying PhotoLab 4 out with raw files from my Panasonic Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras, which I often mix and match with images shot on other cameras due to the different types of lenses I have for each system and their various pros and cons.

All is not lost, though, if needing to mix and match Bayer and X-Trans images made in the same project.

DxO’s FilmPack, ViewPoint and Nik Collection work as plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, Apple Photos and with other plug-in supporting applications while they can also act as standalone software.

All three can process TIFF, JPEG and some though not all raw files, the exceptions being those from X-Trans and Foveon sensors.

The workaround I use for those is to process them first in Adobe Camera Raw, export as TIFFs then open them in Adobe Photoshop and apply FilmPack, ViewPoint and Nik Collection’s components, especially my favourite, Viveza, there.

I cannot recommend DxO’s software highly enough, especially for documentary photographs made under challenging lighting when PhotoLab’s DxO Smart Lighting excels for drawing out information otherwise lost in the shadows.

Documentary photography is the craft of artfully designed information and any software and hardware that aids in doing that well is welcome.

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thomas fitzgerald: Capture One Express Fujifilm: An Overview

“In this video I give you a quick walkthrough of Capture One Express for Fujifilm (Also for Sony) to get you up to speed, starting with importing, then some basic editing, and finally how to export….”

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Now that Phase One has released its free Capture One Express raw processing software for Fujifilm, I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

I learned how to use Capture One Pro, the full version that supports hundreds of different cameras and lenses, some years ago by watching free training videos on the Web, and can highly recommend Thomas Fitzgerald as a Capture One teacher as well.

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Phase One Releases Capture One Fujifilm Raw Processor and Image Editing Software, Free Express and Paid Pro Versions Available

All raw processing and image editing software is not created equal although all such products I have used in recent years, whether open source and free or purchased, are very capable of achieving great results even if some products’ interfaces could do with a little modernizing. 

One of my favourite raw image processors and image editors is Phase One’s Capture One Pro, and it is especially good for processing photographs containing skin tones. 

Hardly surprising given Capture One is primarily aimed at fashion, portrait and wedding photographers and also has a large user base amongst architectural and landscape photographs, especially those working with large sensor cameras and who often need to print their images large, really large. 

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Phase One Capture One Express Fujifilm, professional image editor and raw processor application for Fujifilm GFX and X camera users.

Capture One Pro has ably though partially supported Fujifilm X Series cameras for some time now but according to statements made by Phase One staff members and reported in the specialist online press, supporting Fujifilm’s GFX Series medium format cameras would not be on the cards due to a perceived conflict of interest.

Phase One has long been a major player in the medium format camera and sensor world with its own ranges of excellent though expensive cameras and digital backs.

The release of two versions aimed directly at Fujifilm camera users, the free Capture One Express Fujifilm and the licensed Capture One Pro Fujifilm, comes as a pleasant surprise.

The latest version of Capture One Pro 11 supports Fujifilm X-T3 raw files, as indicated by the test I did this afternoon with the three X-T3 images above, and I will look for a GFX raw file to try out soon.

This has been a great day for Fujifilm product announcements and now this unexpected bonus comes too.

Raw files from Fujifilm X-T3, processed in Capture One Pro 11.3.0.26 with 1Styles.pro styles

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  • Phase One Capture On Pro 11 – B&H

1Styles.pro Offers 200+ Excellent Film Emulation Styles for Capture One Pro at 40% Off, Until July 9

Photography has a glorious and long pre-digital history in form of black-and-white aka monochrome, colour in the form of colour transparency film and colour negative film, and colour and monochrome in the form of instant films. 

Little wonder, then, that for many of us who grew up in the analog era analog film emulations provide an essential array of image processing presets, ways of interpreting images based on how films and printing methods shaped tone and colour and thus emotion and information. 

One raw digital negative, three interpretations using 1Styles.pro film emulation presets for Phase One Capture One Pro – Kodak Portra 160VC v2, Kodak Ektachrome mid-1970s (blue) and Kodak Royal Gold 400 v4 Winter.

I often rely on film emulation software in the form of look-up tables aka LUTs, presets, plug-ins and standalone software whether editing stills or video, and one of my favourite film emulation preset collections is made by Alexander Svet of 1Styles.pro.

Mr Svet’s Capture One Film Styles and Capture One Film Styles Extended Set play a big role in how I use Phase One’s Capture One Pro raw image processing software and both sets’ 200in-total film emulation styles are, in my opinion, essentials for anyone needing to make the most out of image editing in Capture One.

I cannot recommend them too highly.

Here, at 1Styles.pro, we started a great sale: 40% discount on all the Film Styles for Capture One till July 9.

If you’re following AlexOnRAW for a while, you know – that’s a big deal. Discounts on our styles are a quite rare, and it’s 100% worth to grab.
Let me remind you how our styles can improve your Capture One workflow:

Original Film Styles Set – https://sellfy.com/p/c9Em/

$29.97 (regular price – $49.95, you save $19.98)
100 styles which emulate classic films. That’s a great tool to find a glorious color correction for your images quickly.

Extended Film Styles Set – https://sellfy.com/p/ufdj/

$41.97 (regular price – $69.95, you save $27.98)
Additional 100 new film styles! All styles are unique, there are no duplicates in both sets. Extended Set delivers more artistic emulation of film picture, plus it offers film grain emulation styles.

Film Styles Bundle – https://sellfy.com/p/uGx5/

$57 (regular price – $95, you save $38)

200+ film styles in a bundle with additional 20% discount. That’s a fantastic source of inspiration for your editing.

All the color styles work with layers in Capture One Pro 11. Each B&W style has four versions with different opacities: 100%, 75%, 50% and 25%.

You can download 12 sample styles for free to try them before buying – https://goo.gl/SoHVa3

If you had thought of purchasing Film Styles before – this is the moment.

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Skylum Software’s Luminar 2018 Jupiter Update, Amazing Raw Convertor and Image Editor, Released

Skylum Software, the independent photography image editing and raw file processing software company, maker of the excellent Aurora HDR, Luminar and Creative Kit desktop applications, has released the Jupiter update for Luminar 2018. 

Skylum Software was formerly known as Macphun during its macOS-only days and changed its name to better reflect the fact that the company is now making its software for Windows as well as macOS.

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Luminar 2018 Jupiter contains over 300 improvements and updates to make Luminar more responsive and more useful, including significant performance enhancements to allow faster photo editing with speed gains of up to a factor of twelve.

Luminar’s Raw Develop filter has reportedly been updated for even cleaner images with better color and less noise.

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Single image view of Luminar 2018’s digital asset management (DAM) system, currently under development and due for release later in 2018.

Luminar’s long-awaited digital asset manager (DAM) functionality is scheduled for release later in 2018.

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FastRawViewer: How to Trash a Good Shot in One Step…

https://www.fastrawviewer.com/raw-histogram-for-culling#overlay-context=

“… Not sure how? It really is very simple – just rely on the JPEG histogram. The one on the back of your camera will do, or one derived from a JPEG by some viewer, or (sometimes) even by a RAW converter….

… So, if you don’t want to trade your (technically) best shots for worse ones, start using RAW histograms for culling!”

Capture One Pro: Capture One & Fuji with Eivind Røhne

“Eivind Røhne is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Oslo, Norway. He photographs people, fashion, architecture and industrial subjects for national and international clients.

Eivind is also a Fuji X photographer, a brand ambassador for Fuji cameras.

Therefore, in this webinar Eivind will show us his processing techniques in Capture One, specifically to optimise images from X-Trans cameras.”

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Thomas Fitzgerald Photography: X-Transformer 1.0 Released – COMMENTARY

http://blog.thomasfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2017/10/x-transformer-10-released

“Iridient X-Transformer is finally out of beta and version 1.0 is now available to download from the company’s website. The updated version is mainly just bug fixes from beta 4 but it also includes support for the X-E3.

I will update my guide to make a point of the new version once I’ve tested it to see if there are any surprises. If you haven’t seen my X-Transformer guide, it’s basically an eBook featuring an explanation of the software’s settings, along with various suggestions for parameters in the form of recipes, along with corresponding Lightroom settings….”

Commentary

Iridient Developer 3.2 has also been released and remains one of the two consistently most reliable raw processors (along with Capture One Pro) for raw files from Fujifilm cameras, adding support for the new Fujifilm X-E3 rangefinder-style camera as well as a host of cameras by other manufacturers.

What happened to spring and sunlight? Raw file from Fujifilm X-Pro2 processed with Iridient X-Transformer then edited in Macphun Luminar.

While Iridient Developer is a more fully fledged raw processor, Iridient X-Transformer is aimed at outputting DNG raw files from Fujifilm cameras that can then be opened in various image editing applications for further processing.

I am still working out my preferred raw processing and image editing editing workflow, and it may always be in flux to some degree given that both types of software and the digital asset management software with which they cooperate are works in progress.

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DPReview: Raw bit depth is about dynamic range, not the number of colors you get to capture

https://www.dpreview.com/articles/4653441881/bit-depth-is-about-dynamic-range-not-the-number-of-colors-you-get-to-capture

“Raw bit depth is often discussed as if it improves image quality and that more is better, but that’s not really the case. In fact, if your camera doesn’t need greater bit depth then you’ll just end up using hard drive space to record noise….

… if your camera doesn’t capture more than 12 stops of DR, you probably shouldn’t clamor for 14-bit Raw: it’s not going to increase the subtlety of gradation in your final images (especially not if you’re viewing them as 8-bit). All those extra bits would do is increase the amount of storage you’re using by around 16% with all of that space being devoted to an archive of noise.”