Photo taken on the dam of Petten in the Netherlands in the middle of the afternoon

Automatic application of the “DxO Standard” preset

The “1- DxO Standard” preset is applied by default. The parameters of all available tools are adjusted according to the shooting conditions (optics used, diaphragm, light and ISO speed).

PhotoLab makes the most of your photos especially if the optic module (Camera + Lens) has been calibrated by DxO
Processing photos in raw format is recommended.

The corrections activated with the “1- DxO Standard” preset are shown (blue square).

In addition to these settings appearing in this palette, PhotoLab :
* Adjusts Lens Sharpness to maximize sharpness results
* Suppresses Chromatic Aberrations
* Corrects Vignetting depending on the diaphragm used
* Corrects Lens Distortions
* Protects saturated colors avoiding flattened areas

An overview of these effects is possible by clicking on the “Compare” button.

When opening the photo, PhotoLab already offers a relevant solution to the image.

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Recreate the original image atmosphere

PhotoLab brings a global solution to the image while specifically treating the different areas according to their illumination.

The “Basic Tools” palette offers the essential tools for processing the photo.
Adjustments are needed:
* For restoring the atmosphere of the shooting that PhotoLab cannot guess
* For customizing your image according to your wish

Use the tools in this palette from the top to the bottom.  

White Balance: Nothing to do in full summer sun > Original

Exposure Compensation: The photo is slightly underexposed > Recover by 0.3 EV

DxO Smart Lighting: This exclusive feature of PhotoLab analyzes the image (brightness and contrast) to balance the global tone over the entire available dynamic range.
The Smart Lighting lightens the shadows by preserving bright areas and retrieves details in clipped areas.
The default is the “Uniform” option.

The scene being brightly lit, the subject is still too dark.

Spot Weighted: This option automatically detects faces (they are negligible here, PhotoLab did not find them). But Spot Weighted can be applied to any area of the subject.
– A: Activate the selection tool (illustration)
– 1: Draw a square on the too-dark man > Select mode Medium

Selective Tone: This function adjusts the Smart Lighting corrections to recreate the atmosphere of the scene.
The sky lacks density > Highlights -20
The rendering of stones, black tillite, is too bright > Blacks -20

Contrast: For this camera + lens used, DxO uses a module measured by the laboratory.

The MicroContrast magic wand proposes 16 as an optimized value.
MicroContrast emphasizes the micro details of the image to give an impression of sharpness.

Color Accentuation: The very bright afternoon sky lacks saturation > Vibrance +40
This correction is designed to limit the increase in saturation on already saturated hues, and to avoid color clipping.

The HSL wheel: Despite the choice of Vibrancy, the boy’s shirt became too shiny orange.
– Activate the crop pipette
– Adjust its radius > Ctrl + wheel
– Desaturate -20

– Type “ENTER” to close the pipette

Noise Reduction (DxO Denoising Technologies): “1- DxO Standard” preset activates it from the beginning.
PhotoLab knows the camera, the selected sensitivity and the lighting of the scene. it will automatically apply an optimized noise treatment to the areas that need it.
We imagine in our image, that it limits its action to dark cobblestones.

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Improve the image

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Horizon: A horizontal damwould strengthen the image >
– A: Click on the “Horizon” tool in the upper bar
– Always try the magic wand. Usually relevant, here it was deceived by the contrasting dike.

Ignore the blue line proposed by default for a more efficient method.
– 1: Left Click determines the first point. Hold the click
– 2. Holding the click while crossing to the second point
– Release

Cropping: By default PhotoLab automatically selects the rectified image.

Now the image is well-balanced.

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Take ownership of the image

Blurring the too present foreground and unblocking the man’s silhouette help the reading.

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Uses Local Adjustments:
Foreground paving stones are too sharp > Blurred them with the Graduated Filter

– Launch the “Local Adjustments” tool in the upper bar (illustration)
– A: Right Click: Select Graduated Filter
– 1: Left Click on the bottom of the image
– 2: Holding the click while crossing to the third of the image
– Release. Apply a Blur value +8%

The generated blur quickly becomes too much. We have to stay on low values.
Click and hold the blur adjustment slider and move it to the right for more precision (Windows only).

The man’s face is in the shadow > Use Control Point
– B: Right Click: Choose Control Point
– Left Click on the man’s face
– 3: Drag to adjust the diameter tool application
– Release. Apply Exposure value at +0.5 LI

– Close the “Local Adjustments” tool with the button on the top bar
or the “ENTER” key

Now the image is completely balanced.

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