Software Tools of The Trade

Posted Mar. 15th, 2022 by Daniel J. Cox

Software tools of the trade is a video I recently produced for my program at the 2022 NANPA Summit. In this 20-minute video, I discuss the software I use in my everyday, image processing workflow. Just a heads up, I’m telling you right up front that I don’t use Lightroom or Photoshop. So unless you have an open mind this video is not for you. But if you are like me and always looking for a better way to do things, you might like to see my process. Programs I specifically discuss include Mylio Photos, DxO PhotoLab, and Luminar.

North American Nature Photography Association

If you love nature and enjoy taking photos in the great outdoors, you should really think about joining this exceptional group. You can find out more about NANPA by following this link: NANPA.org. They are THE go-to organization for all things related to photography and nature. Thanks to NANPA for a great 2022 virtual summit

A short rundown of my program for NANPA

Mylio Photos as my Main Digital Asset Management Program

My software of choice for keeping track of my 1.3 million image library is Mylio Photos. There’s no program like it that allows me to sync all my photos to 10 different devices. Those include my laptop, desktop, three desktops in our office, my wife’s laptop, my studio manager’s desktop, my iPad, iPhone, and a spare laptop I keep on hand just in case my main mobile computer is down when I leave for a shoot. That’s never happened, but it’s a good backup just in case. All these devices hold at least a thumbnail of all 1.3 million images, even my iPhone. If I need the original I can easily call it to my device from my archive on one of two machines from my house or office.

DxO PhotoLab for RAW Conversion

The other program I use is DxO PhotoLab. I take 20% of my images outside of Mylio Photos to be processed by DxO. Mylio Photos can handle 80% of my processing edits that I produce for this blog, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media channels. I only process images through DxO that need truly professional results. That includes images for my agents, fine art prints, photo editors of magazines, books, etc. DxO PhotoLab has produced the best RAW conversions I’ve seen from all software I’ve tested. It also gives me several tools Mylio Photos is missing like a cloning for dust on the sensor, the ability to set my Tone Curves, a spectacular noise reduction tool, and many other options.

Conclusion

Between these Mylio Photos and DXO PhotoLab I have all the software tools of the trade I need for producing truly professional results along with the ability to find those pictures instantly. If you take pride in your work, getting a good handle on your photos is essential. Neither of these programs will allow you to create an image that wasn’t already there, but they will help you fine-tune the reality you actually saw. Reality is the name of the game for me.

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