- Weak lens-profile corrections
- No face or geo-tagging
The term import doesn’t appear in the Exposure X6 v220.127.116.11 Crack interface, but you can choose Copy Photos From Card from the File menu, or just navigate to a folder on your computer. When I first opened the program, it already displayed a grid of images from my Photos folder, and you can have it watch folders for any added images. Rating and editing images is possible before the whole import finishes.
One problem I ran into here was that only my main system drive’s Photos, Desktop, and Pictures folders were accessible. I couldn’t get to a backup drive or my OneDrive cloud storage until I discovered that the unintuitively named Add Bookmark option was how you add folders.
Exposure doesn’t put you through a separate raw conversion process when you open a raw camera file the way Serif Affinity Photo does—the images are just there, ready to be worked on. The software supports raw files from most popular current camera models, more than 400 in all. It didn’t choke on newer formats such as .CR3 from a Canon EOS R, .NEF from a Nikon Z 7, and .RAF files from FujiFilm’s X-T4. It couldn’t yet handle images from the Z 9 or Sony’s a7 IV. Those formats are very new at the time of writing, but Lightroom can work with them.
Better Import Quality
Raw import quality looked more natural but less detailed than what you see in Adobe Lightroom. You don’t get Lightroom’s choice of rendering profiles (Color, Portrait, Vivid, and so on), but there’s a choice of the Standard raw profile or you can create a custom DCP file for your camera using color cards and Adobe’s DNG converter.
On the left is an initial raw conversion shown in Exposure and on the right is the same image in Lightroom. The Adobe product gets more detail.
You can categorize your pictures with star ratings, color labels, and flags. You can also search based on camera model, lens, and shot settings—something not found in all photo workflow software, including Lightroom. Keywording is basic and is found down in the Metadata section of the right panel. I’m impressed that Exposure recognized my keywords and keyword sets after importing a Lightroom catalog of images.
The program lets you create Collections, and the app can also create Smart Collections for you, based on criteria such as ratings, camera, lens, f-stop—basically anything you can search for in the file. You don’t get any face recognition or geo-tagging for organization, as you do in CyberLink PhotoDirector and Adobe Lightroom.
Exposure X6 v18.104.22.168 Crack Basic adjustment panel is nearly identical to Lightroom’s. Sliders let you control exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks. Clarity, vibrance, and saturation adjustments are also available. New since my last review is a Haze Level slider, which is effective at both removing and adding haze, though it tends to remove detail and darken or brighten areas too much. There’s also a LUT (see below) for haze that produces more pleasing results. You can copy settings to use them on other photos, but it’s not available in a right-click option; you need to go up and find it in the deep Edit menu, where it’s the 18th choice out of 29.
Like most photo software—including DxO PhotoLab, Capture One Pro, and Luminar—Exposure now offers an Auto correction tool. You can adjust the strength of its corrections, which tends to be subtler than what you get from similar tools—not a bad thing. I’m happy to see this helper added since my last review of the program, though the tool wasn’t very effective. This kind of feature requires the company to analyze a huge amount of sample images, something Adobe is more able to do.
Tone Curve Tools
The Tone curve tool lets you finely adjust the brightness level for each of the RGB color channels separately or all at once. The result is you either correct an image’s lighting very accurately or produce wacky, psychedelic color effects.
Noise reduction works similarly to how it does in most other photo editors: You adjust a slider to reduce luminance and color noise. It works well, but as in most apps, the result loses detail, especially if you use the Smoothing slider. No other noise reduction tool I’ve seen can come close to DxO PhotoLab’s DeepPrime noise reduction. In the same control group, there’s now an Add Fine Texture setting, which mostly seemed to just add new noise to my test photos.
Like Lightroom, Exposure X6 v22.214.171.124 Crack includes profile-based Lens corrections, and it had no trouble finding my Canon 80D and popular lenses. For a fisheye image from an 8mm Samyang lens, it didn’t find the profile automatically, but it had one, though that didn’t correct the perspective warp very effectively. A slider lets you adjust the geometry correction, but for the 8mm, even that was not effective.
The program now includes corrections for chromatic aberration or color fringing. You find these in the Lens correction section, and you can either use the camera-and-lens profile to apply corrections automatically or choose manual sliders for blue and red. The Defringe tool gives you even more color options to remove from edge distortion.
In my test shot, the profile corrections’ vignette correction was disabled, though there is a separate Vignette tool group.
Photo-workflow application Exposure X6 v126.96.36.199 Crack resembles Adobe’s Lightroom. It boasts lots of filter effects, but it’s lacking in usability and organization features.