It's not uncommon to get a great sunset shot of Manhattan from New Jersey, but it is unusual to see a great sunrise over the city from the west much of the year. Fortunately, I was ready on one of those rare summer mornings after a storm when both the clouds and Manhattan were wonderfully lit by the northern sun. As I often do in such situations, I had set my Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II to produce low-contrast, somewhat underexposed images to preserve highlights from burning out and to give me the widest possible range of tones. Since the clouds were changing so rapidly, exposure bracketing was impossible. Underexposing creates noise in the shadow areas, even when shooting at a low ISO.
I have learned that I can count on DxO to quickly find the correct levels within the original file, precisely remove noise, and substantially improve lens quality. This photograph was recently published as a 24x36-inch poster for worldwide distribution.
I intentionally underexposed the image to keep highlights from blocking up.
The image of a stand of trees at New Jersey’s Hopatcong State Park, processed with DxO Optics Pro v3.5, is considerably sharper than the non-DxO version. DxO Optics Pro established the correct shadow/highlight detail, pulling considerable information out of the shadows, while keeping them remarkably noise-free.
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DxO Optics Pro software is based on applied mathematical research and a new generation of algorithms to achieve excellence in all aspects of image quality. It’s an essential part of any photographer’s toolkit. DxO works with amateur and professional digital cameras and lenses to maximize image quality. I recommend it for this purpose to virtually anyone shooting with a digital camera.
It would be great if DxO Optics Pro could actually be integrated into the camera itself in solid-state form on a chip. Then the software could optimize photos, finding the correct levels, using just the right amount and type of sharpening and noise reduction, while correcting for all lens deficiencies in the camera at the time of capture.
Photographers who want to print right from the camera through a camera/printer direct connection would see dramatic improvement in their photo quality, as would anyone wanting to do further editing on a computer.
I would also suggest offering DxO Optics Pro as a menu option, because maximum image quality is essential, and DxO does an excellent job of assuring that quality.
For more information on DxO Optics Pro 3.5, visit www.dxo.com.