Hi everyone. I am looking for some input on my workflow which I am struggling a bit with and want to make sure I understand everything right. I have the following idea in mind:
- Ingest my images with Capture One Session or manual disk copy
- Cull my images and move the best ones to a ‘selects’ folder in Fast Raw Viewer
- Open this selects folder in PhotoLab
- Do basic processing of my images in PhotoLab: smart lighting, white balance correction, straightening and light cropping/straightening, lens correction and denoising
- Export the resulting image in either TIFF (16-bit) or DNG (input welcome on which works best). I read the workflow article but this still confuses me as to which one serves me better (also because TIFF file size are relatively large)
Once images are exported I would continue to work with them in another editor (Capture One but same applies for Lightroom):
- Import/sync the TIFF or DNG into Capture One
- Do further cropping and recomposition (e.g. horizontal to vertical)
- Create additional versions with different styles and film simulations applied to them
- Export image to all kinds of formats for archival, social media use etc. using the powerful Capture One process recipes
My main questions:
- Would I be better served with a TIFF or DNG? e.g. I like the Capture One color engine a lot so I don’t mind it processing the exported images
- If I would apply one of the DxO Filmpacks styles or do color edits e.g. DxO Portrait preset, would this advice change (I believe TIFF would be the better format in this case but would like to confirm)
- Are their advantages to using DxO Filmpack styles to Capture One styles, as in do these get applied on a more foundational level when applied in PhotoLab on the RAW file versus using the exported TIFF in Capture One?
- Are their any negative downsides to using DxO exported TIFFs or DNGs for working in Capture One versus working with the raw files (assuming that my base corrections in DxO are done correctly)?
- Any arguments for doing all versions/edits in Photolab 2?
TLDR; I want to process my RAW images into TIFF/DNG masters and use those as the input in the rest of my workflow. Do I lose anything in the process and what export format gives me most flexibility/power?
Many thanks in advance.