DxO FilmPack – DxO PhotoLab – DxO ViewPoint
Giving a twist to your images using DxO Photo Suite
by DxO Image Master Andrea Bagnasco
You can follow this workflow using
- DxO OpticsPro 10
- DxO ViewPoint 2 and DxO FilmPack 5 plug-in
As a wedding photographer, the portraits I shoot of my clients stand a good chance of being regarded as more than simple photographs. They become cherished as family heirlooms and are often printed in large format to take their place in my clients’ homes and being looked at for years to come. For this reason, even if my style of shooting is mostly documentary, I honed my craft over the years to provide my clients with portraits that will not only be meaningful to them, but will also make nice, interesting pictures to look at in their own right.
A wedding day is all but a planned photo shoot and I need to make do with any light, any weather, any location, the very limited time available and limited gear. Therefore the great flexibility provided by very advanced post processing software such as DxO OpticsPro is great to make the most of my captures and turn them into lovely fine art prints.
Final edited image
To edit this image, I first used DxO ViewPoint plug-in and applied a Perspective correction placing the Intensity slider up to 75. The image was taken using the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, set at 16 mm and at eye level. Albeit getting a lot of the nicely figured sky this way, the photograph had a much altered geometry and the perspective correction tool was used to force parallel vertical lines and therefore achieve a more natural look.
Image before / after DxO ViewPoint perspective correction
The perspective correction ate up quite a bit of the image, therefore I used the crop tool to recompose it according to taste.
Image after cropping
Optical corrections are paramount, especially when the lens used is not known for overall sharpness, the image has a lot of details and it stands a good chance of being printed big. Case in point with this photograph: DxO OpticsPro does an amazing job of eliminating all optical defects and making the image look as if it was taken with an optically perfect lens. I.e., no distortion, no vignetting and excellent sharpness.
The automatic corrections based on DxO Optics Module are directly applied when opening the image, but I am mentioning them now in the description of this workflow, since I found using DxO ViewPoint Perspective tool and the crop tool first in my editing. The DxO lens softness tool is extremely impressive when the image is viewed at 100% magnification, which comes in handy to process images for big format prints.
Image before / after the Lens Softness correction application
Image Before / After the automatic Optical Corrections application
I then used the exclusive DxO ClearView tool, which is perfect to improve contrast and sharpness for landscape photography. The intensity slider is very handy in order to obtain a nice looking image but still within the borders of a dramatic or ‘natural’ look without making it look over processed or HDR. I kept the Intensity of the correction as is (to 50).
Image before / after DxO ClearView processing
Since DxO ClearView correction application made a small dust spot become quite apparent, I used the dust tool to get rid of any sensor dirt in a few clicks.
Image before / after using the dust tool
At this stage, I find it nice to work a bit on color curves and rendering to achieve a specific look. Here I decided to use on of DxO FilmPack color renderings and went with the Fuji Sensia 100 preset as it didn’t stray too much away from the original colors and stayed true to the overall mood of the scene, possibly enhancing it.
Image before / after the application of DxO FilmPack Fuji Sensia 100 color rendering and grain
Adding film grain would also be a good option at this stage, especially to improve the quality of the printed image. Here I went with a film grain matching the current color profile (Fuji Sensia 100) using the dedicated palette.
To fine tune color, I used the RAW White Balance palette and bumped up the color temperature just a notch to 7000K and adjusted the tint accordingly by shifting it ever so slightly towards magenta, in order to fire up the yellow of the hay field and bales.
Image before / after adjusting temperature and tint
To sum this workflow up, I would say that with very few simple steps I was able to enhance this nice portrait of the bride and groom, and to easily reveal the RAW emotion of this special moment thanks to DxO OpticsPro and DxO FilmPack’s tools extraordinary image processing quality.
Image before / after DxO OpticsPro and DxO FilmPack editing
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Photos credits : Andrea Bagnasco