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Aug 15, 2016 13:30 |  #1

I've been using Lightroom for some time. But this last week i got annoyed that it gets slower and slower. So i tried using DPP 4 and i found that although is actually slower than lightroom, I get much better, much more realistic colors. What is your experience with DPP?

It seems that in Lightroom i always battle in finding the best WB.... but in DPP i get an awesome WB with minimal tweaking.


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Aug 15, 2016 14:02 |  #2

I started having problems with LR 5 also. When I use the adj brush, the program freezes all the time. I don't know what is wrong. DPP is a good program for very basic editing.


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Aug 15, 2016 15:46 |  #3

The color wheel for white balance (Tune...) in DPP is something I couldn't part with.

The basic conversion is superb as well.




  
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Aug 15, 2016 16:29 |  #4

Thank goodness there are some that like and support using DPP. I've gotten replies on a couple of different threads saying 'use LR - so much better than DPP'. DPP is free and can do many of the 'workflow' things that LR does (at least from what I've been able to find).


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Aug 16, 2016 04:42 |  #5

Remember we are talking about photography here, there is no right or wrong, it is all about personal preference. At the end of the day no one can tell what software was used to process the image. So use whatever software you are most comfortable using.


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Aug 16, 2016 05:32 |  #6

I don't know about DPP4, not sure is it is supporting the 50D yet, my only option being stuck with a Win XP computer at the moment is a 3.x version of DPP, and let me say right now it is vastly worse than LR at dealing with both highlights and shadow detail. Personally I think even the previous Process Version, think it was PV2010, was better with highlights than DPP3! Shots that show plenty of highlight detail, with zero clipping in evidence, in PV2012 are simply unusable in DPP. Also since I have a range of older cameras, and of course image taken with them when they were current cameras, a RAW processing workflow system that cannot handle ALL of my image files isn't a lot of use to me.

That's the other thing, LR is so much more than a RAW processor. It is a comprehensive workflow solution. It covers everything from moving your images from the camera, organising them, in many and diverse ways, RAW processing with one of the top three RAW processing engines, based on features and quality of results. It then make handing off the image for additional RGB based processing steps in a pixel based image editor very easy should you need it, and then brings those RGB pixel based images back into LR for including in the aforementioned organisational system. It is then very good at producing your final output in again many forms, both digital files, and prints. So much so that for the last four years I have not kept a single finally outputted JPEG file on my computer, that was not being used as a desktop wallpaper.

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Aug 16, 2016 09:55 |  #7

Yeah DPP is worse at recovering shadow and hightlight detail. The hightlights slider is much more useful than the one in DPP. And we get more tools: lens profiles for third parties lenses, clarity, graduated filters, spot removal that also works like a clone tool, etc. But the color and WB of DPP for me gives me much better results.


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Aug 16, 2016 10:10 |  #8

Azathoth wrote in post #18097140 (external link)
Yeah DPP is worse at recovering shadow and hightlight detail. The hightlights slider is much more useful than the one in DPP. And we get more tools: lens profiles for third parties lenses, clarity, graduated filters, spot removal that also works like a clone tool, etc. But the color and WB of DPP for me gives me much better results.

Interesting. I wonder why you get better color from DPP. I have only used LR, at least for the last several years. Maybe it is time to have a look at DPP.

The problem is that it takes time to learn a new editing program, because photo editors are complicated. Few of us have the time or inclination to learn LR, DPP, GIMP, Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, Picasa, Elements and so on, and do a compare. Instead we check out what others are using and go with that.


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Aug 16, 2016 11:12 |  #9

I enjoyed using DPP but it wouldn't handle RW2 RAW files from my Panasonic FZ1000 so switched to LR - a steep learning curve but now I like it!




  
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Aug 16, 2016 13:37 |  #10

Interesting -- back in "the day" when I started to shoot RAW, because JPEG fell flat when it came to processing, well, it was Photoshop Adobe Camera Raw, and then Lightroom (which shares the same "engine" as ACR). I did try out DPP, and in fact have encouraged people to use it as "starting out" software, because 1) It's free for Canon users and 2) It "starts out" using your in-camera settings for your RAW preview.

However, that was with DPP 3.x, not DPP 4.x. DPP 4.x won't work with my older Canon cameras, so...!

So, a big question is, has DPP improved stuff such as their highlight/shadow processing to match what we've had in LR/ACR? If so, that's good to know, although the managing/output tools of LR will still be hard to beat, and also since it can work with a wider variety of cameras!


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Aug 16, 2016 14:03 |  #11

I use DPP 3.14.15, as no later version will work on Win XP, and the highlight/shadows rescue-ing ability is still limited.

No problem for my portraits and macro, but people who shoot wide DR scenes do in fact complain.




  
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Feb 06, 2018 07:24 as a reply to  @ agedbriar's post |  #12

Hello Slovenia and greetings from Portugal. I've come across with your post and would like to know if you still use the 3.14.15 version of DPP and if you know where I can find it. I need to post process some photos on a Windows XP pc but it doesn't run the latest versions of DPP. The only versions I've found on line are updaters and since I bought a used recent camera I don't have an old cd. Thank you and regards.




  
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Feb 06, 2018 07:41 |  #13

john crossley wrote in post #18096981 (external link)
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At the end of the day no one can tell what software was used to process the image...............

The name of last software use for image modification will be embedded in the EXIF data


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Feb 06, 2018 07:44 |  #14

Hi to Portugal,

The DPP installers for ver. 3 are the complete programs, but to install they indeed require either the presence of the CD or an earlier DPP installation already present on your HD.

You can resolve the problem by installing DPP ver. 1.0 (no requirements for this one) from this source

http://web.canon.jp/Im​aging/sdl/data/dpp100-e.exe (external link)

and following up by installing a ver. 3.




  
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Feb 06, 2018 07:53 |  #15

biscoitocruz wrote in post #18557559 (external link)
Hello Slovenia and greetings from Portugal. I've come across with your post and would like to know if you still use the 3.14.15 version of DPP and if you know where I can find it. I need to post process some photos on a Windows XP pc but it doesn't run the latest versions of DPP. The only versions I've found on line are updaters and since I bought a used recent camera I don't have an old cd. Thank you and regards.

Try this website: dpp 3.14.15 download (external link)

I hope it works for you, I have not tested it.


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