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I have been at my Mom’s in Holbrook, Long Island, NY for almost a week now. It has been very cold. I was getting cabin fever so I went to the local golf course to photograph some Canada Geese. (As always you can click on the image to see a larger, sharper version.)
With the relatively new Canon EOS-7d proving to be a popular camera and the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV about to begin shipping, lots of folks are just plain stuck when it comes to converting the RAW iamges from these two cameras. It is my understanding that even when the ACR plug-ins for these cameras become available, only folks with CS-4 will be able to use them. And again, as far as I know, 7D conversions are not yet supported by Breezebrowser. Mark IV images will not be supported by Breezebrowser for many months.
That leaves folks using these new cameras with Digital Photo Professional, the software that comes in the box with your new camera. It had been quite a while since I used DPP for my RAW conversions and when I opened some 7D images in DPP I was pretty much lost <smile> Jerry Ward., Pro Market Specialist for Canon USA who joined us at the recent Albuquerque program, alerted me to a great DPP tutorial on the Canon Digital Learning web site.
The tutorials, expertly prepared by Elizabeth Pratt of Canon’s Professional Products Division, can be found here: http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=GetArticleAct&articleID=1228&fromTips=1. They are based on DPP v3.2. DPP v220.127.116.11 shipped with the 7D.
These are the individual tutorials: What is DPP?, Main Window, Preferences (note: To set your preferences in v18.104.22.168 you will need to click on Tools/Preferences or hit Control K), Organizing Images in the Main Window, Quick Check Tool, Batch Rename Tool, Edit Image Window, Tool Palette: RAW Image Adjustment Tab, Tool Palette: RGB Image Adjustment Tab, Tool Palette NR-Lens Tab, Trimming Tool (for cropping), Stamp Tool (dust delete data or dust spotting), Comparing Images, Recipes, Batch Processing, File Saving Options, Printing Contact Sheets, Printing Directly from DPP, and Workflow Demonstration.
If you are new to DPP, it would be wise to listen to all of the tutorials a time or two before beginning. I found these two tutorials most helpful and continue to review them: RAW Image Adjustment Tab and Tool Palette: RGB Image Adjustment Tab.
The Canada Goose image was processed with DPP and I was extremely pleased with the results. I will continue to share what I learn about DPP both here and in future BAA Bulletins.
BAA Bulletin #308 is available on-line here: http://www.birdsasart.com/2009/12/07/birds-as-art-bulletin-308.
- HAPPY HOLIDAYS
- HOLIDAY GIFTS FROM THE BAA ON-LINE STORE
- ONE IMAGE/SO MANY LESSONS
- EDUCATIONAL CD UPDATES
- SCOTT BOURNE ON THE CANON EOS 7D
- The SAN DIEGO IPT
- BIRDS AS ART FINE ART CANVAS PRINTS.
The DEC 12, 2009 BAA Notes can be found here: http://www.birdsasart.com/2009/12/08/birds-as-art-notes-december-8th-2009. Be sure to check out this great feature: FREE ACR CONVERSION TIPS EXCERPT ON BPN THREAD.
Continue to enjoy the holiday season. I will visit again soon.