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Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials  

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials

Welcome to the Digital Photo Professional video tutorial section! CPN writer and software expert George Cairns unpacks Canon’s popular workflow software and explains key components with video demonstrations on how it can make a difference to your RAW workflow.

We will be publishing one video per week over the next 11 weeks, looking at particular elements of the software, with each video accompanied by a pdf mini guide which includes the the images used in the tutorial. Collect all 11 guides to build up the ultimate DPP library!

Simply click on each video below as they are added each week and learn more about the software and how it can make a difference to your photography!

Don’t forget to download the sample RAW files used in each lesson for you to follow the steps in more detail...

1 Get organised

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 1. Get organised Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 1. Get organised Software PDF

Use the Quick Check view to examine photos for sharpness and also assign ratings and check marks to files so you can search for favourite files using filters. Find noisy files by filtering via ISO. Create collections to group images together.

2 Recover missing shadows

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 2. Recover missing shadows Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 2. Recover missing shadows Software Resources

Discover how the floating Histogram palette helps diagnose exposure problems. Use the Shadow adjustment slider to reveal detail in under-exposed shadows. Find out how to use clipping warnings to recognise and fix under-exposed areas.

3 Levels and curves

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 3. Levels and curves Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 3. Levels and curves Software Resources

Examine the advanced approach of remapping the shadow, midtone and highlight levels using the powerful Tone Curve palette.



4 Counteract colour casts

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 4. Counteract colour casts Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 4. Counteract colour casts Software Resources

Use Digital Photo Professional’s Basic palette White Balance eyedropper tool and/or White Balance presets to warm up or cool down incorrectly balanced photos and reveal a photo’s true colours.


5 Improve composition

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 5. Improve composition Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 5. Improve composition Software Resources

Improve composition and remove unwanted edge details by cropping the photo. Rotate the image to counteract tilted horizons. Learn how to modify Crop tool grid properties (such as Density and Opacity).


6 Sharpen detail

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 6. Sharpen detail Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 6. Sharpen detail Software Resources

In Edit view, summon the focal point (AF) used to shoot the photo so you can check sharpness and placing. If the image is still soft, use the Basic palette’s Unsharp Mask sliders to increase edge contrast and get a balance between restoring image detail without adding sharpening artefacts such as halos.

7 Lens corrections

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 7. Lens corrections Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 7. Lens corrections Software Resources

Reduce lens-induced geometric distortion and artefacts such as vignetting and chromatic aberration with help from the Lens Correction palette. We also explain how lens data can be used to fix lens-related problems in a click.

8 Cloning and healing

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 8. Cloning and healing Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 8. Cloning and healing Software Resources

Remove sensor spots and scratches in a click. Manually sample pixels and relocate them to clone out unwanted objects.



9 Better black and whites

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 9. Better black and whites Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 9. Better black and whites Software Resources

Use the Monochrome Picture Style to explore a range of different black and white (and toned) looks. Use the histogram and clipping warnings and the selective tone tweaking sliders to create a stronger contrast with some black shadow and white highlights in the mono conversion.

10 Selective colour adjustments

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 10. Selective colour adjustments Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 10. Selective colour adjustments Software Resources

Discover how the Adjust Image Colors palette enables you to target and tweak the Saturation and Lightness of individual colours. This enables you selectively boost colours without over-saturating skin tones for example. You can darken the luminance of skies to add more drama. Save the adjustments as a Recipe to apply to other images in a click.

11 Share your shots

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 11. Share your shots Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials: 11. Share your shots Software Resources

Learn how to choose a suitable colour space for processing for print (such as Adobe RGB). Discover how to export files for print or web. Demonstrate how to batch resize, save and export files for sharing as prints or emails etc.