Canon Digital Photo Professional Software

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Software | 0 comments

Canon Digital Photo Professional Software

There are several different software programs available to process your RAW or JPG digital photos, with Lightroom, Capture One and Photoshop being the most well known, but Canon also make their own software package for Canon DSLR owners called Digital Photo Professional, aka DPP…

 

Main Interface

Main Interface

Canon supply a copy of Digital Photo Professional with every DSLR, so you can start processing your photos as soon as you start shooting.  There are versions available for both Windows and Apple Mac operating systems.  DPP only takes up about 108 mb installed and can be updated from what Canon calls “Updaters”, which is a separate program that you can download from the Canon websites.  Here is the AU link for anyone interested…

http://support-au.canon.com.au/P/search?model=EOS%207D&filter=0&menu=Download

You need to have installed the software from the included CD first, then when an update comes out you just download the Update Pack from a Canon website to your PC and install that.  You can check which version you have currently installed by clicking on “Help” on the Menu Bar at the top of DPP.  A small window will appear showing the installed version.  Then it’s just a matter of browsing the Canon Download page to look for any newer Update Packs for your system.  In fact, this same download page is where you can usually also find any firmware updates for Canon cameras.  Typically the Update Packs are approx 60-70 mb, so the whole software pack is much smaller than say Lightroom, which is 788 mb for version 4.4.  Admittedly, Lightroom or Capture One have more functionality and features, but you also pay for those, where-as DPP doesn’t cost you anything.  For some photographers DPP will do everything they need, while others will look for the more advanced features offered by the others.

DPP has a Menu Bar at the top of the window and shows the selected folder path in the window Title Bar.  There is a row of round buttons across the top left, just under the Menu Bar, and you click on these to activate the different tools available.

The DPP Menu and Button Bar.

The DPP Menu and Button Bar.

 

Select a folder of images and they will be displayed in the viewer.  The size of the thumbnails can be adjusted in the “Preferences” option found in the “Tools” Menu, along with the colour space (sRGB, Adobe RGB, etc)  All the options are found here.

Preferences Box

Preferences Box

 

Double-clicking an image will open it in it’s own window complete with a Menu Bar, and in a larger window for closer viewing.

"Double Clicking" an image opens it in it's own window .

“Double Clicking” an image opens it in it’s own window .

 

Once you select an image, you can right-click on it to open an Options Menu.

Image Right-Click Options Menu.

Image Right-Click Options Menu.

 

Clicking on an image and selecting “Open in Edit Window” from the Right-Click Menu will open the image in it’s own window, along with a floating Toolbox containing many editing tools.  The options are grouped into “Tabs”.  The first of these is the Raw Tab and here you can adjust Brightness, White Balance, Picture Styles, etc.  There are “Undo” buttons also, in case you get it wrong.  This is a great feature especially for users that are new to photo editing, as it allows them to experiment and still “go back” if they go too far the wrong way.  There is an adjustable Tone Curves module, along with Contrast, Highlight, Shadow, Colour and Sharpening tools.  DPP has two sharpening modes, Sharpness and Unsharp Mask, available on the drop-down menu.  The Sharpness adjustment is by a single slider, but the Unsharp Mask gives you finer control with a further three options…Strength, Fineness and Threshold.  The image displayed in the small box at the bottom can be “double-clicked” to magnify the image and also reveal four white corners forming a rectangle, and this can be clicked on and dragged around to move around the enlarged image.  Double-clicking again returns the image back to original size.

DPP Toolbox - RAW Tab.

DPP Toolbox – RAW Tab.

 

The next Tab is the “RGB” Tab which has the Tone Curve Assist module, along with other options for Brightness, Contast, Hue, Saturation, etc.

DPP Toolbox RGB Tab.

DPP Toolbox RGB Tab.

 

The next Tab is the “NR” Tab (Noise Reduction).  You can apply and adjust noise reduction and a preview window is displayed when the process starts.

Noise Reduction Tab.

Noise Reduction Tab.

 

DPP Noise Reduction Preview Tool.

DPP Noise Reduction Preview Tool.

 

The final Tab is for Lens Correction, and by clicking on the “Update” button, the tool will open a window where you can select the lens used and the profile will be downloaded and applied.

Lens Correction Tab.

Lens Correction Tab.

 

View showing the Lens Data Tool…

Lens Distortion Correction Data Tool.

Lens Distortion Correction Data Tool.

 

DPP has a very good cloning tool which is activated by clicking on the round “Stamp” button on the Button Bar.  The size is easily adjusted and unlike some other photo editing programs, you can use this tool to “paint” an area, not just clone a spot.  Here, the red pole is being painted out vertically.

DPP Clone/Stamp Tool.

DPP Clone/Stamp Tool.

 

DPP also good cropping tools, activated by clicking on the round “Trimming Angle” button.  There are various crop sizes to select from, as well as a grid and rotation tools.

DPP Crop/Rotation Tool.

DPP Crop/Rotation Tool.

 

DPP can also perform Batch Runs” which can save you a lot of time when renaming, resizing, etc.

DPP Batch Run Tool.

DPP Batch Run Tool.

 

Clicking on the round “Info” button will reveal a huge amount of shooting information of your images.

DPP Image Info Tool.

DPP Image Info Tool.

 

DPP has a unique feature in that it can display the focus points of your Canon camera, so you look back to see just what spot your focus point actually locked on to.  This is a great feature to train yourself to aim accurately when shooting your subjects.

DPP Show Focus Points Tool.

DPP Show Focus Points Tool.

 

DPP even has it’s own HDR Tool (High Dynamic Range) which works very well.

DPP HDR Tool.

DPP HDR Tool.

 

You can also rate images and create collections, the Toolboxes can be floating or docked into a larger window, Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software really is a complete tool, Raw images always load very quickly and display sharply, and there is a full suite of tools available.  I use it regularly and it can be a great alternative for photographers just starting out, or for photographers maybe wanting to learn more about the editing processes and workflows of digital photo files, before moving on to more expensive software…and after all, it’s free.  If you are a Canon shooter and looking for a “better free” solution, then why not give Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software suite a go?

 

Best Wishes,

The OzLight Photo Adventures Team.

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