03/02/10 385 W, 2 I - + 3 - 3 Canon Updates Software, Life Gets a Little Easier


Canon has updated Digital Photo Professional (DPP), their photo processing software that many Canon DSLR users use. Enhancements include one whopping improvement: angle adjustment while in trimming mode. Insert applause and/or fanfare. Explanation follows. To download, visit the Canon web site, select your camera model, and follow the usual download instructions. Now, what the heck are we talking about?

When Mike shoots a mess of digital photos, he shoots them in Canon RAW. At home he opens a program that came with his Canon Digital Rebel XT camera. Called Digital Photo Professional, it allows him to process all those photos at once. In just a few seconds, he can adjust the exposure-- for example-- and make his photos look lighter or darker. Or add sharpening. Or quickly go picture by picture and perform cropping. And then save them all in a single step, instead image-by-image.

Before the upgrade, the one adjustment that couldn't be done was angle. See, sometimes Mike's photos are a little skewed. Sure, they looked fine when being taken, but when viewed on the computer, they could benefit from a wee bit of rotation. Such as these examples from earlier this year, click to enlarge:
 



And rotation meant the following:

As you can expect, this adds time to the whole process of processing. And if there are numerous images to be rotated, it adds a lot of time. Now, with the DPP update described above, the new workflow is insanely simpler:

Another benefit is that color and sharpness levels can remain consistent across all images. See, saving to TIF can cause slight color or sharpness changes. And that's an annoying additional step, inside PhotoShop, getting those to match the others.

So all owners of Canon DLSR cameras, and who perform a lot of processing with Digital Photo Professional, download the new version and rejoice. It's a good day.

1That's why the word "edit" appears in some of the names of my posted photos.







  
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