Canon RAW, Digital Photo Professional, and Picture Styles

I have recently delved into the world of RAW format photography. RAW contains minimally processed data from the image sensor of your digital camera.

Canon offers good accompanying software to work with this format. The EOS Utility allows you to have easier control of importing your photos directly from your digital camera. Then Canon's Digital Photo Professional (DPP) is used to process your RAW images. The interface is more intuitive for color correction and exposure compensation than Adobe Photoshop with all of its bells and whistles. What I love about the system is the Picture Styles (pf2) that you can import or create and save or batch apply. DPP's interface also allows you to easily compare your original and corrected image side by side. When you are happy with your adjusted image it is super easy to export into a formatted image compatible with Photoshop. You can always go back to your RAW image and will not lose your original data.

Canon's Digital Learning Center offers some great overviews and tutorials on taking advantage of the power of Digital Photo Professional. I still have to go through some of these tutorials myself.

Here are some screenshots of me experimenting with DPP and my photographs of peacock feathers. On my final image I have added more drama and saturation.



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