I was trying out DxO on some old JPEG image that were captured using a Nikon D5300.
By default I have PhotoLab configured not to apply any corrections. When I apply the standard corrections, it looks like the image actually gets more distorted. For example, a window with vertical blinds on the side of the background originally looks straight, but after applying corrections, the blinds look curved.
Is it possible my camera has already applied some of the corrections (like for lens distortion), and now they just got applied a second time? Is there any way to check this in the metadata? I know shooting raw is better, but these are all I have for this set of photos.
Also, it looks like the faces got smoothed out. For example, after corrections I can’t see pores and blemishes on the skin. Is there some sort of beutification going on, or is it smoothing to reduce noise? I’d prefer to see the more natural look, pores and all.
Should I not be using DxO Standard on JPEG images?