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 organisedSoftware 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 shadowsSoftware 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 curvesSoftware Resources
Examine the advanced approach of remapping the shadow, midtone and highlight levels using the powerful Tone Curve palette.
4 Counteract colour castsSoftware 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 compositionSoftware 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 detailSoftware 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 correctionsSoftware 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 healingSoftware Resources
Remove sensor spots and scratches in a click. Manually sample pixels and relocate them to clone out unwanted objects.
9 Better black and whitesSoftware 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 adjustmentsSoftware 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.