DxO Optics Pro 9. 1
| FIRST EXPOSURE |
For the most part, professional imaging software presents a set of editing tools, and then expects you to do the work to adjust your images. DxO
Optics Pro from DxO Labs takes a different approach.
The software analyzes each image as you open it, applies a set of automated corrections, and produces
an adjusted image for you to fine-tune to your liking.
While there are limitations to this process as you
will see below, when it works, it is highly effective at
Optics Pro 9. 1, the latest version of the software at the
time of this writing, enhances previous iterations of the
program with a revised interface and the addition of a
highly effective noise-reduction feature. The new noise
reduction algorithm makes this version of particular interest to photographers shooting at high ISOs in low light
situations—particularly wedding, concert and action
sports photographers who shoot primarily in available
light. It is available in two editions: Standard and Elite
(professionals should go for the Elite edition.)
Pairs-based DxO Labs, a well-regarded imaging com-
pany specializing in camera and lens testing and image-
processing technologies. Optics Pro software combines
these specialties so that the adjustment it applies to images
is based not only on the image information, but also on
the specific camera/lens combination you use to create
the image. When you open an image from a supported
camera/lens combination, you are prompted to download
the camera/lens correction from the DxO website if you
haven’t previously. The download and installation take
just a few seconds.
If you are using a camera that has not been analyzed by
DxO Labs (such as a Fuji X-E1 or a Phase One back) you
can open and process a TIFF or JPEG image, but without
optical corrections; you can do nothing with a RAW file.
If you are using a camera that has been analyzed, but
with a lens that has not (such as my Nikon D3s and old
16mm Nikkor fisheye), you can process RAW, TIFF and
JPEG images, but without optical corrections.
There are thousands of camera/lens combinations available, and new ones are constantly being added, but check
the DxO Labs website ( www.dxolabs.com) to ensure that
your camera/lens combination is available if you are shooting in RAW format. The website also shows which edition
of Optics Pro is appropriate for your camera.
I found that I can only consistently open images in DxO
Optics Pro 9. 1 that are original captures. Once they have
been processed by another imaging software program
The latest version of DXO’s image editing software offers an impressive new
tool for removing noise from your photos.
By Stan Sholik
Above: When you select an image to view in Optics Pro, the program prompts
you to download a camera/lens optics module if it is not currently available on
your computer. Optics modules automate optical corrections and allow for noise
and other image corrections based on a tested camera/lens combination.
Above: New in this version are “visual” presets that you access from the Presets button in the upper right of each workspace. The presets viewer shows
your selected image with each preset applied.