I recently got my hands on DXO Photolab. It has its strength, but i’m used to some very powerful features from DT, like the powerful masking capabilities, plus i’m used to filmic now. That being said for now PL is much faster to use on my hardware for quick edit and sorting, and the denoising there is amazing. So i was thinking, “cool, i can use both, and switch back and forth when i need to”.
DxO photolab can export to DNG and i thought about applying some basic corrections, export to DNG, and fine tune in darktable. But i must be missing something on which data is stored in DNG, or if this workflow is supposed to work at all, because the files look widely different in both software. It is not only display, as it is roughly similar when exporting to jpeg on both side. Opening the dng file on windows 10 photo viewer is slightly different from the PL jpeg output, but it is nowhere near as different as DT.
Though as i understand it means nothing as the DNG stores some kind of jpeg preview embedded in it.
Here is an example :
DXO export to jpeg :
DT export from the dng :
What am i missing on DNG ? is there a way to make this kind of workflow work or are all file format not specified enough to have relatively similar display on different software ?