Canon’s digital photo professional

Canon EOS digital cameras ship with Digital Photo Professional, which is an image-processing and-management utility especially optimized for RAW image processing and, of course, Canon equipment. As of this writing, the software is in version 3.4.1, has matured over the past few years, and features support for new camera models as they have become available.

While Digital Photo Professional offers a variety of capabilities for managing and editing images, its primary intended application is to process and optimize RAW files, preparing them for use in other applications. While you can accomplish basic tasks in Digital Photo Professional, even moderately advanced editing tasks aren’t achievable in the program. It is not intended to replace other image-editing or digital asset management applications, although it certainly features a selection of tools you’ll find in those programs.

Because it’s relatively simple, easy to learn and use, and very stable, Digital Photo Professional is a program that you may find convenient for getting images processed quickly and efficiently before you start working on them in more depth. On the other hand, you may find applications that provide A-to-Z functionality better to streamline your workflow. Virtually all the features available in Digital Photo Professional are supported by Photoshop, Lightroom, ACDSee Pro, and others.

This application can be a useful (if optional) part of your workflow. The following sections go over some of Digital Photo Professional’s major features and operations to get you well on your way to understanding how it can work with your images. While not a comprehensive guide to every feature, you should get a good working feel for the program.

As mentioned, Digital Photo Professional is provided with many Canon cameras, and the Canon Web site offers a variety of frequent updates for Mac and Windows platforms.

If you received an application disc, called the Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk, with your camera, you may have Digital Photo Professional on it along with some other applications such as the following:

  • ZoomBrowser EX for Windows
  • ImageBrowser for Macintosh OS X
  • Canon EOS Utility
  • PhotoStitch

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NOTE

One of the distinctive anomalies of shooting in RAW is that the software you use to process images must include support specifically for your camera model. Consequently, any application providing support for RAW file processing, editing, or management has to be updated as new cameras are released. If you have taken RAW files with your camera, but a particular software application won’t display the files, it may be because you need to update the software to support your camera.


Tip

You can download the full program at the following location, where it is offered in five languages in both Mac and Windows platforms: www.canon-europe.com/Support/software/dpp/

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