DxO OpticsPro – ViewPoint – Dxo FilmPack
Photo Tweak: How to Craft Stunning Architectural Landscapes using DxO Photo Suite
In collaboration with Stewart Marsden
The aim of this tutorial is to present you an intuitive workflow and help you get started using DxO software by presenting you a certain number of basic corrections and tools that you can use within the DxO Photo Suite. From start to finish, follow Stewart Marsden as he tweaks one of his cityscape photos in DxO OpticsPro, then DxO ViewPoint and finally DxO FilmPack. Learn the easy way, in an intuitive workflow without going back and forth in the editing.
To follow this tutorial, you will need:
- DxO OpticsPro 10 Elite Edition
- DxO ViewPoint 2 and DxO FilmPack 5 Elite Edition (plugins for DxO OpticsPro).
- Architectural photos in RAW format.
- Pentax k5
- SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR
- 10 stop ND filter
- ISO 80
Architectural images can benefit from geometric corrections and creative processing techniques because they often require wide-angled lenses. This tutorial demonstrates how to make your traditional architectural landscape photos more powerful and balanced in just a few steps using DxO OpticsPro, DxO ViewPoint, and DxO FilmPack.
1- First steps: Clean up the image with DxO OpticsPro
Because most sensors (including mine) need a good clean, it’s important to address sensor spots first. To do this, I turned DxO ClearView all the way up. This amplifies contrasts and tones to make those dust spots more easily identifiable. I then removed the spots using the Dust tool resizing the tool for each spot as necessary. When finished, I turned off DxO ClearView entirely.
After using the Dust tool
DxO ClearView allows you to reduce or eliminate haze in your photos while preserving detail and color. Learn more about this feature in our dedicated tutorial
2- Remove distortion with DxO ViewPoint
I then used DxO ViewPoint’s vertical and horizontal correction tools to correct perspective distortion in the buildings. For this specific image, the 8 points tool is the most effective: I very simply positioned the markers on the attributes I wanted to be straightened. Notice that the image was cropped for the straightening to take place.
Image after positioning the controls (preview mode within the application)
Image after cropping
You can easily restore the original shapes of buildings using DxO ViewPoint tools: vertical and horizontal lines are once again parallel, unnatural-looking facades regain their original shape. DxO ViewPoint automatically corrects even the most complex perspective distortion caused by wide-angled lenses, plus you can use advanced settings to fine-tune the corrections to your own tastes. Watch our video tutorial to learn more about DxO ViewPoint, and visit DxO Academy for more helpful how-to’s on DxO products.
3- Use DxO FilmPack for a fine art black and white approach
In DxO FilmPack 5, I applied the Agfa Scala 200x rendering and turned the intensity to 120 as it offers up nice deep, rich contrasts. Other tweaks were made along with some tonal changes using the Contrast and Selective Tone palettes, playing with the sliders for a harmonious rendering. DxO Smart Lighting also helped in getting the perfect final feel for this black and white photo, as it allows you to take advantage of the full dynamic range of the RAW file while avoiding tone compression. I made some final adjustments using the Tone Curve to bring up the shadows slightly and increase the brightness of the lighter areas.
Here’s the final result, achieved very quickly using simple and intuitive tools that allow any photographer to realize their vision in a few easy steps.
Photos credits: Stewart Marsden