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Why use Canon software such as DPP?

 
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Apr 30, 2009 09:20 |  #1

Well I'm four days old with my new XSi. I've loaded the Canon Software, but I'm not sure why I would use it. I use Photoshop Elements and Bridge (which I'm trying to learn) to edit and browse my images. It does my RAW stuff, then I load it into PE to edit using adjustment layers (I'm learning not to mess with the original file). I'm going to play with the Canon software over the weekend but why would I use this software with or over the Photoshope Elements program. Am I missing something? What does DPP offer over PE?


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Apr 30, 2009 10:17 |  #2

I can't really answer your question, but as you look for the answer, make sure you have the latest updates to your Canon software and the latest firmware. Canon has made some significant improvements to DPP which you can read about in other threads in this forum. You can download the Canon software updates from here (external link).

BTW... I love my XSi... For me, it hits the "sweet spot" for performance on a budget.


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Apr 30, 2009 10:28 |  #3

In my opinion, DPP is better at CA removal and other lens correction options. ACR is better at most other post processing options.
That said, you get DPP for free, and you have to pay for photoshop (-elements or CS), so if you don't do a lot of processing on your images but still want to shoot raw to set white balance in PP, you could get away with just using DPP...

I wish canon and photoshop worked together to give us the option to use 3rd party raw conversion options with DPP though (as a plugin). That would give us the best of both worlds :)


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Apr 30, 2009 10:47 as a reply to  @ TweakMDS's post |  #4

I prefer the colour rendition and the lens correction tools that DPP offers.

It initally appears to have an interface that is clunky as hell which goes against it, but I now prefer editing my Raw files in it rather than Adobe Camera Raw.

However, to each his own and all that.


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Apr 30, 2009 13:32 |  #5

DPP is designed as Canons RAW converter. I know that you have another, but DPP will be able to read many Canon camera specific settings that your generic converter cannot. Whether thats important only you can decide. I use DPP and like it, but then I don't have an alternative RAW converter.

DPP is not a post processing software like Elements. Yes, there are a few simple things like a basic cropping tool , levels, brightness and contrast controls, but nothing as in depth.

If you find DPP does everything you need, then fine, but for me it does not and I export my images from DPP to Photoshop for further attention every time.


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Apr 30, 2009 20:05 |  #6

I started shooting RAW about a year ago and I wondered the same thing about DPP. I followed a number of threads in this forum and they contained all of the above reasons to try DPP and I agree with all of them.

The argument that really convinced me to give DPP a shot was that it is designed by the same folks who created your camera. The second most important was that it is free!

I use it almost exclusively but when some serious pp needs to be done I switch to PE7 to take advantage of the layers capbilities and more robust creative bells and whistles.

I like being able to switch Picture Styles and wb settings in the program with just a click of the mouse, even after having taken the shot with different settings in the camera.


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Apr 30, 2009 20:16 |  #7

It came with the camera, it's powerful enough for my needs, and it exports to Photoshop when it's features aren't enough.


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Apr 30, 2009 22:21 |  #8

For the weekend warrior or hobbyist - it is a great tool to use.
Not that pros can't or won't use it - DPP lacks the workflow of a LR2-for example.

DPP is good to get started in the RAW world. But once you start seeing the amount of photos we can generate over a years time - DPP does not help in file management.

I have come to appreciate LR2 Data management portion tied in w/ keyword and meta data.

DPP is a good program - if it works for you .... then we have a winner.
It is a matter of personal preference and what you want to do.

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Apr 30, 2009 23:14 |  #9

I have CS4 and still use DPP for RAW conversion because I think it does the best job.


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May 01, 2009 12:06 |  #10

I feel DPP handles colors better than any of the other Raw convertors I've used. ACR takes a bit of work to get the colors back to my initial in-camera settings which is redundant work.


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May 01, 2009 12:27 |  #11

DPP really is good at what it does..., it's only draw back is the interface and speed are not up to par and it has far fewer tools and feature.

Still for free (comes with your camera) you get a tool that can still offer the best RAW conversion available if your willing to work with it.


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May 01, 2009 12:57 |  #12

I use DPP as well, then tweak with Elements. I started using DPP rather than ARC because I thought it did a better job than ARC. Now I am just crazy about the speed advantage of DPP. If I just batch processed to JPEGs without any individual adjustments, then ARC/Elements does a decent and speedy enough job, but I want to look at and adjust each image separately. DPP is much faster unless I am missing something in ARC. I tweak each image, then use DPPs batch processing, and go do something else while my computer churns away. Granted, not everyone wants to mess with 500 to 1,000 images a week. The only thing I really wish I could do in DPP that I can do in ARC is straighten the horizons. I suppose I could also learn to hold a camera straight in the heat of battle, so to speak, but in about 50 years of shooting, I haven't managed it yet.




  
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May 01, 2009 13:22 |  #13

Jim,

Yes, the crop tool needs to include that. Then DPP would be perfect in my book.

In some areas it is already too advanced, it should stick to being an excellent RAW converter and leave the fancy stuff to PS.


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May 01, 2009 13:35 |  #14

+1 for the horizon straightening...add dodging and burning and I'd be in love ;-)a


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May 01, 2009 13:49 as a reply to  @ MikeES's post |  #15

Hi

Does anyone go from DPP to LR2 for file management and additional tweaks and then to PS for final finishes if necessary?


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