Understanding DPP

Understanding DPP photography ebook by Andrew S. Gibson

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Note: Canon have just updated DPP 4, the most recent version of DPP, to work with Raw files from more Canon cameras (see list below). It is very different from DPP 3 and essentially, even though the two share the same name, they are different programs. Understanding DPP is written for DPP 3 and not DPP 4.

Originally I intended to update Understanding DPP, and at one point even considered writing a new book for DPP 4. However, after using DPP 4 I have decided not to do that as, truth be told, I really dislike the software. While it has some enhancements compared to DPP 3, the layout is more difficult to navigate and the program is more difficult to use. Canon also hasn’t tackled the fundamental limitation of DPP – lack of local adjustments.

My advice to readers is that if you are not ready for a more advanced Raw editing program, then stick with DPP 3. When the time comes to move up to a more advanced program, go straight to Lightroom. It is much more advanced than DPP 4 and, once you learn your way around it, much easier to use.

EOS cameras compatible with DPP 4:

EOS 100D (Rebel SL1), 700D (Rebel T5i)
EOS 70D, 7D, 7D Mark II
EOS 6D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III
EOS 1D Mark IV, 1D X, 1D C

Operating systems compatible with DPP 4:

Windows – 64 bit versions of Windows 7 and later only.

Mac OS X – Mac OS X 10.8 and later only.

Have you ever tried using Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software but been discouraged by the lack of a good guide or an understanding of what the program can do? The good news is that DPP is actually quite easy to use and has a lot of creative potential, once someone shows you how. Understanding DPP does exactly that.

This eBook is written for anybody who wants to learn how to get the best out of their Raw files with DPP. It will also appeal to photographers who would like to use Raw, but are put off by the complexity or expense of more advanced software.

The difference between Understanding DPP and a manual or guide is that it explains how to use the software, but also, and more importantly, why you should use it. It’s written for creative photographers who want to use the functions within DPP (such as white balance, Picture Style and contrast control) to make creative images.

Understanding DPP by Andrew S Gibson

If you’ve never tried the Raw format before it has a number of advantages over the JPEG format. With Raw, you can capture more detail in the highlights and shadows. You have more post-processing options; you can adjust white balance and Picture Style, convert to black and white, and correct chromatic aberrations and barrel distortion. Understanding DPP explores these advantages in depth, and explains how to use these functions in DPP, including the new Digital Lens Optimizer.

You may not have realised it, but DPP is very good at black and white conversions and toning effects. I’ll show you how to get the best out of DPP for monochrome – there’s an entire section devoted to it in the eBook.

Understanding DPP is illustrated throughout by my photos – every single one of which was processed using DPP. By the time you’ve finished working your way through the eBook, you’ll be an expert Digital Photo Professional user.


Understanding DPP by Andrew S Gibson

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Note: Understanding DPP is written specifically for the owners of Canon EOS digital SLRS.


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Understanding DPP

Title: Understanding DPP

Length: 81 double page spreads

Words: approx 27,000

Price: $12

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Format: PDF. You can view Understanding DPP using free Adobe reader software on any PC. You can also read Understanding DPP on the iPad using iBooks – the ebook has been optimised for iPad viewing.



  • Introduction
  • The Raw format
  • DPP
  • Workflow

Getting started

  • Getting started
  • Quick check
  • Edit window
  • The tool palette
  • DPP workflow

Processing Raw files

  • Picture Styles
  • Brightness
  • The histogram
  • White balance
  • Contrast sliders
  • The alerts
  • Colour tone
  • Colour saturation
  • Sharpening
  • Lens correction
  • PIC
  • Lens distortion
  • Chromatic aberration
  • Noise reduction
  • ALO
  • Trimming Angle
  • Recipes
  • Transfer images

Black and white in DPP

  • Black and white
  • Why mono?
  • Converting to B&W
  • Digital toning
  • Toning with curves

Converting to JPEG and TIFF

  • Converting files
  • Batch processing

Additional features of DPP

  • Before & after
  • Stamp tool



  • Updating DPP
  • Monitor calibration
  • Comparing DPP

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