November headlines: DxO and more dutch sIBL sets

Oh, it keeps on getting better and better.

DxO announces an HDR plugin for their upcoming DxO Optics Pro 6.5.

It will be interesting to see how that fits into current HDR workflows. DxO has a track record in first-class RAW development, which makes me confident they will be able to merge really great HDR files. What concerns me is the recent trend of a short-circuit pipeline, skipping immediately to tonemapping. But if DxO does it right, and allows saving and managing EXR files, we could fit that in perfectly with the slew of tonemapping options we already have.

For example, Nik HDR Efex turned out to be a great option for artistic tonemapping, with Control Points providing an enormous potential to noodle the hell out of your image. I still owe you a full review, in the meantime you may want to check out Michael James' review. Nik's HDR merging, however, is pretty weak. That's where DxO might be the ideal workflow companion - if they play well with others. Well, we will have to wait and see...

New free sIBL sets

Our dutch friend Bob Groothuis is unstoppable. The second month in a row he provides the sIBL-of-the-month, this time even a full tour a wonderfully antique distillery. Looks great as panorama tour as well, all tonemapped in HDR Expose.

How that fits in with a 3d object demonstrates Lee Perry-Smith. Here is his CG head, rendered in each environment with Softimage and Arnold.

As special bonus Lee released his head model, courtesy of How cool is that? Grab it here.

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