Anyone using Silkypix?

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by Dragos101, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. Dragos101

    Dragos101 Mu-43 Regular

    May 1, 2015
    Bucharest, Romania
    Hi everybody,

    I'm a bit of a postprocessing geek and love to fiddle with all RAW processors and see what options are there.
    A few months ago I discovered and learned Darktable, which I promoted here and got some very interesting feedback and discussions. I since dialed some very good presets and established a very convenient workflow with it. I still find it extremely good and extremely competent, its advantages being much much more than being free.
    I never payed much attention to Silkypix, somehow feeling that it's just a limited "bundled" grade software, similar to OV3 or Capture-NX for Nikon. But the geek in me couldn't resist and gave it a try.
    I'm impressed. The out of the box look and the various color presets are stunning. I've never seen such glowing and refined skin tones. It seems to take everything that's great about the Oly rendering and enhance it with some superb and detailed color.
    The interface is a bit clunky and the Highlight/Shadow recovery capabilities are below the industry standard LR. But they get the job done for "normal" pictures where you just want to pull a bit more dynamic range from the file.
    The v7 has just been released adding some nice features and enhancing the Hi/Sh tools - they are now almost as good as LR.
    The full v7 is expensive. The standard non Pro V6 is now at a very accessible 50Euro and is very tempting if you are ok with the more limited features. I may be crazy, but I'm having a VERY hard time not taking out my credit card and making the most expensive software aquisition I've ever done for my personal needs.
    I'd love to hear if anybody else has tried it or is using it and what are your oppinions.
  2. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Top Veteran

    This should probably be moved to the "Image Processing" forum for a better, more accurate set of responses. The term "Post Production" is usually reserved for video processing.
  3. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    I've only tried the bundled version, which from my understanding is limited in its functionality. I remember not being particularly impressed, but after reading your praise I'll give it another look.
  4. Dragos101

    Dragos101 Mu-43 Regular

    May 1, 2015
    Bucharest, Romania
    Indeed, I'm not sure how I missed that. I'll report the thread and hopefully get it moved

    Try the latest 7 version, it's quite full featured and the image quality is impressive IMO.
  5. mrmessy

    mrmessy Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 12, 2012
    I use SilkyPix exclusively. I am very happy with the images it produces and it deals with the lens corrections for my Panasonic cameras very well without requiring any attention from me. I run Linux and I have found that SilkyPix runs well under wine.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2016
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