Understanding workflow to edit your photos

FYI, including your personal email address with your handle is not a good idea. I strongly recommend you consider removing it.

Mark

Thanks, I didn’t include it, somehow it got entered into my “full name (optional)” field. Changed it.

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I know this is a DXO forum, but I was in a similar situation to the OP about 2 years ago. I was a LR 6.14 user and didn’t want to cough up a monthly fee for later versions, so I bought Photolab. I soon realised that there WERE certain things that Photolab just couldn’t do ( like setting the white point ) and using it was such a different way of working compared to Lightroom. I struggled for a while but got some decent results with DXO but then came to the realisation that Lightroom Classic is a MUCH more comprehensive tool than v6.14 was. (This is even more the case now that it has AI noise reduction built in, by the way). So I swallowed my pride and signed up to the Adobe subscription model. It is relatively good value especially if you renew your subscription during one of the special deal periods (eg Black Friday). I still use Photolab for its excellent sharpening and noise reduction because for some reason LR AI takes up to 20 minutes to process each file! All my other processing is done in LR, which is something which I am now pretty familiar with. If I had known then what I know now, I would have gone with DXOPureRaw rather than the full Photolab.

I find myself using Capture One more and more and had thought about moving to PureRaw but it’s a really blunt tool compared to PL Elites built in finesse for the denoising and corrections. I think I’d get frustrated if I didn’t have that

I think (if this have not changed) you have more options in photolab than in pureraw. It is often necessary to tweak the sharpness tab (under denoising tab) and I don’t think you can do this with pureraw (I don’t own pureraw).