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I am happy to be involved with DxO Optics Pro software which is an amazing tool available to process images from RAW files. Digital photography has evolved to the point where often unnoticed optical flaws of a lens can be corrected. This is an amazing tool for photographers to have. Since every optical lens has limitations, DxO conducts highly advanced optical testing and then writes software to correct flaws in each and every DSLR lens available. “Digital processing can relieve some of the optical and electronic constrains”, states DxO about it’s Optics Pro Software. Once an image is put through the processor, the metadata recognizes the lens used for each image, and corrects the optical flaws.
Michael Eudenbach creates images with an eye for the unique point of view which convey a sense of being there in the moment. From the deck of a sailboat during a tropical storm, to a peaceful jet flight above the clouds, Michael captures the essence of a memorable moment in time. He shoots for the stock photo Agency Aurora Photos, as well as various advertising and magazine clients.
How/why I got started in Photography?:
I grew up with a darkroom in the basement and lots of cool cameras to play with. I would take pictures at school and of my dog and of the squirrels in my neighborhood. It was during a college year abroad when I really became interested in photography and then while crewing aboard sailing yachts all over the world, I always had a camera ready to shoot with close by.
Why I use DxO Optics Pro:
I shoot with primarily wide and fisheye lenses in constantly changing lighting situations, leaving me with RAW files which can be tricky to work with. DxO Optics Pro guides me through each stage of processing so I can see before and after effects of each module. Several images in my portfolio would simply not be usable without the highlight restoration, and the fisheye lens distortion corrections are simply amazing.
What specific tip(s) would you give another photographer for using DxO Optics Pro to help them get the most out of their pictures?
I would suggest running seemingly underexposed, or blown out, or noisy or very distorted images through DxO Optics Pro and see just how much math it’s doing for the images. The fact that each lens has certain characteristics at each focal length and that DxO Optics pro has all that information to work with at your fingertips, is amazing. It’s an extension of the whole digital image process that any smart photographer would take advantage of.