ekinnyc wrote in post #13031574
Rene, i've considered the lack of DNG support in DPP, but the question begs - if one uses LR, is there any need for going back to DPP?
ekinnyc wrote in post #13031580
lucklily, i am not in a position to purchase PS/CS, so this is not a concern
OK, so compatibility with Camera Raw is not an issue with you. So then it's down to the question of whether you ever want to be able to open your Raw files in an app other than Adobe or one of the few that currently support the DNG format. I can't name the ones that currently do offer that support -- I know there are a few, I just don't know how many.
So, the question is do you or will you want to make use of a third-party app, or of DPP, that does not support DPP, or will you just not care?
Well, I care because for one I have over the past year or so been enjoying spending time wth DPP for two reasons:
First, it's a great app for bringing in photo shoots that require little "serious" post-processing and, after maybe a few tweaks, tossing out some quick conversions! It's actually fun to play with DPP because it has settings that "mimick" our in-camera settings and with these you can make some quick changes that can quickly affect the "pop" of an image. Now, I'm not a jpeg shooter but it can be fun to quickly get a "jpeg-like" image and, if that's all you want/need with a shot, then you are good to go!
Second, a reason I spend time with DPP is related directly to POTN: I'm here to learn, and also here to help others in whatever limited way I can.
Since I had jumped into Raw shooting and eventually into a Lightroom-centered Raw workflow, I never had any interest or experience with DPP -- it was Canon Raw and then Lightroom all the way for me. So, when I joined POTN I had that "narrow" range of experience and viewpoint regarding my ability to discuss this whole thing and regarding any ability to give useful advice to others, especially people who were getting into Raw shooting and didn't have Lightroom or Photoshop Camera Raw in their toolset.
But, over time, I saw things added to DPP that got my interest, that signalled that DPP was finally coming to the place where, conceivably it could be used by someone to not only do all their Raw processing, but actually could be used to put out a "finished product" without resorting to an app like Photoshop!
The one addition that finally "tipped me over" to seriously trying DPP as an alternative to Lightroom was adding the rotate/level tool to the Trimming/crop tool, meaning that I no longer needed to depend on Lightroom/Camera Raw for horizon leveling in my Raw workflow!
So, I installed DPP/EOS Utilities and ZoomBrowser and have been enjoying the software ever since, and EOS Utilities with the tethered shooting utility is really value added.
But furthermore, I now can intelligently discuss DPP with the users here, and actually give a bit of informed help on occasion, although I'm no expert with the app.
And further, if a photog pops up who is wanting to get into shooting Raw, or who is struggling because they have Lightroom and Photoshop but don't see the "pop" in their shots that they do with jpegs, then I am quite enthusiastic about advising/encouraging them to install DPP, if nothing else as a "starting kit" and then a referece point, but also, hey use it for those quick conversions.
And, well, none of that would be possible if I had converted to DPP right off the bat, especially if I had discarded the Raw files or stuck the on my backup drive that is not usually plugged in.
So for me if I did the conversion I'd still want to have the Raw files handy for anything quick I wanted to do with DPP. But as I said earlier, I have yet to take up the DNG workflow!