I few months ago Tiffen released it’s upgraded Dfx 3.0 software with 2,000 plus filters and effects. This plugin works with Aperture, Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Elements or as a standalone application. I’ve spent the last few weeks playing with DFX, and with it’s latest 3.06 upgrade, I’m here to tell you it’s rock solid. What I love about this suite is it does an amazing job of simulating “on the lens” filters to create images with a natural aesthetic feel that many of us come to expect from a quality filter.
I will admit the sheer number of filters and variations can feel overwhelming at times, but this was easily conquered by spending more time with the program. The effects are so real that I posted an image on Google Plus a few weeks back and someone commented that I used a gel on my flash. To their surprise I had used Dfx 3.0. I think that speaks to the quality of the effects you get from Tiffen.
There are a lot of plug-ins and we all know I’m a huge fan of Nik Software and Onone, but what I think Tiffen brings to the table is years of quality filter making that has been translated beautifully into the digital suite. The effects are so spot on that it’s making me reevaluate carrying my gel kit.
Thoughts on improvement:
Tiffen has done a nice job of allowing users to create custom presets that are readily accessible with one click of a button, but they’ve failed to make the “Saved set-ups” as easily accessible. To activate a saved setup, we first have to locate the set-up file and then open it. Now this isn’t a huge deal, but as you create more of these “set-ups” it will become cumbersome. I’m sure Tiffen could easily resolve this by creating a “recipes” preset as Nik has done in Color Efex 3.0.
Over the course of the next week, I plan on doing a little mini series on the DFX 3.0 software so you can get a feel for how the program fits into a workflow. I think one of the strongest selling points for Tiffen will be the fact the program works as a standalone as well as a plugin. So if you don’t have Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture, no worries, you can use DFX 3.0 by itself. You can download a free trial HERE.
Here’s a quick video to introduce you to the software and show you how I would use it for a quick fix on an image.
I’ve been fighting a cold so I apologize for not enunciating a little better… 😉