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I can think of 2 ways, i.e use Levels in the Tone Curve, or using the Selective Tone Tool. So, which is the correct method? Or maybe there's another way.

The correct way is the one that you get the desired results on. I usually increase exposure so that the image is close to what I want it to look from a brightness poin of view. Then I either use the tone curve or selective tone tools. I seldom use smart lighting, it can create visible halos in dark areas. In these cases (and most often) I go for the tone curve. Raise shadows, lower lights and increase contrast for the midtones. For black and white images, corrections can be made stronger for a more expressive look.

I think that it is a good idea to try all possible options and see what the tools and their combinations do...

Cheerio
Platypus
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There is one Exposure Compensation slider. It can be used indepently of, hence in addition to the others.

There are 4 Selective Tone sliders.
Highlights is for the whites. Befare it's not very efficient when darkening highlights, hence for overexposed shots. It tends to give a greyish cast. You are better of underexposing a bit than overexposing because DOP is much better at highlighting shadows and blacks. I do most of the time a manual bracketing rather 'to the left' than 'to the right' as many people do too.
There is no correct method as such. Each shot needs a specific treatment. With experience you become gradually able to anticipate what your corrections will do.
DxO Smart Lighting is great for shots taken in ordinary light conditions but is useless for example for shots taken in low light. In such cases I often put it to zero.

Nick
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Hi, I've been a Lightroom user for a while, and I'm use to doing things there for correcting under exposed images, i.e using Lightroom's Exposure slider to lift the mid-tones and then using the Whites slider to stretch out the histogram further all the way to the right to obtain a full one.

I'm now using DxO Optics Pro. Like Lightroom it has an Exposure slider, but there's no Whites slider. I assume this is possibly because DxO adds on a little bit of its own Whites adjustment as part of it's Exposure Compensation algorithm?

There are a few of my Raw files that were unintentionally shot quite underexposed and I'm wondering about the correct method for obtaining that full histogram in DxO, i.e when i choose the 'smart' option for Exposure Compensation it normally gives a value that doesn't go higher than 1.00. That makes sense because there's only so much lifting of the mid-tones that you want before it becomes too much. However the histogram is still not full. With there being no Whites slider, how do i then obtain that full histogram?

I can think of 2 ways, i.e use Levels in the Tone Curve, or using the Selective Tone Tool. So, which is the correct method? Or maybe there's another way?

Thanks.
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DxO OpticsPro (Windows) / Re: It shoud be simpel, but ...?
« Last post by Bencsi on February 23, 2017, 10:08:32 pm »
CTRL+C is the copy
CTRL+V is the paste
of the actual image settings.

Endre
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DxO OpticsPro (Windows) / It shoud be simpel, but ...?
« Last post by Martin van Gog on February 23, 2017, 06:39:18 pm »
Hi,
I cannot find the option to apply the setings whitch a I made on one image to a selection of files in the same folder.

There most be a shortcut, but I searched in the Manual and on-line. but cann't find it?

Can someone provide me with an answer?

With Regards, Martin
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DxO OpticsPro (Windows) / Re: Sending back to Lightroom 6 in DNG-format?
« Last post by embe71 on February 23, 2017, 03:08:27 pm »
There ist no real advantage since it's an already demosaiced dng.

The coloring still get's interpreted in LR though what means it looks different then the picture did look in DxO before transferring back. If you want consistent coloring use TIF.
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Feature suggestions (all products) / Re: Focus points
« Last post by rsoen on February 23, 2017, 01:53:32 pm »
I am still using Apple's Aperture because of that. Would love to have it again!
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DxO OpticsPro (Mac) / Re: Basic question using DXO and LR - new user question
« Last post by MikeFromMesa on February 22, 2017, 04:27:09 pm »
Right now I import into LR. If I export to DXO make changes and then bring the image back into LR will it come back as a raw file or just a tiff?

If tiff, is there a way to use DXO and and the LR catalog? How?

When you export an image from Dxo OP back to Lightroom you have the same options as when you export to disk. That is, you can send an image back as a dng, tiff or jpg. Optics Pro will open a dialog box asking you what format you wish to use to send the image back to LR. LR will then automatically brings that image back in and will pair it with the original image transferred to OP.
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DxO OpticsPro (Windows) / Sending back to Lightroom 6 in DNG-format?
« Last post by Martin van Gog on February 22, 2017, 02:38:59 pm »
Hi outthere,
I'm use the combo LR 6 & DxO Pro Elite 11.
When I'm in LR I use the recommanded way; File -> Plug-in Extra -> Transfer to DxO Optics Pro 11.
After I do the tweaks I want in DxO, there is a button allowing me to return the files to LR.

But than the file formats are limited to JPEG and 16-bit TIFF. Is there a possibility to prepare that with the DNG option. I know that that possibility there is in: "Export to Disk '.
Is there advantage of DNG above TIFF and vice versa? And when I get back in LR and will do further processing there?

I've already figured out that the DNG target can be reached via a detour. I use to export-to-disk option. And then save the relevant files to the original folder.
Back in LR I use the command; 'Sync folder' (left-click Foldername)

But, this way is not entirely foolproof. Is there a better way to go?

Can someone provide me an answer?

With Regards, Martin van Gog
Almere, the Netherlands
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