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JSPhotography
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Hi All,

 

I am very new to DPP4, it looks quite a nice simple easy application to use. I had a play around with it, but noticed I couldn't adjust the brightness or anything within the box. It doesn't look like it's been greyed out, but I can't move the arrow up and down the scale.

 

Can someone please help?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

James

 

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jrhoffman75
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RAW or JPEG file?

 

Which "box" are you refering to?

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, Pixma TR8620a, LR Classic

Hi John,

 

Its a JPEG file, its the brightness adjustment I cant move. Sorry im not at my laptop to do a screenshot.

 

Thanks 

 

James

Hi James.

 

You need to be in this tool to edit JPEG files.

 

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John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, Pixma TR8620a, LR Classic

Great many thanks John.

You are looking at the tools for working with RAW files, to adjust you JPG brightness and other attributes you need the "tone curves" section which is two to the right of the current tool set you are using.

 

DPP excels at RAW which is what I use with all of my DSLR bodies.

 

And I see that John already addressed your question while I was typing 🙂

 

Rodger

EOS 1DX M3, 1DX M2, 1DX, 5DS R, M6 Mark II, 1D M2, EOS 650 (film), many lenses, XF400 video

Great many thanks Rodger.


@wq9nsc wrote:

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DPP excels at RAW which is what I use with all of my DSLR bodies.

.....

 

Rodger


Yes, DPP is the only way to get the most out of your RAW files, espacially the nice, natural looking colors.

 

Another DPP function I really like is that DPP works lossless. Not only on RAW files, but also on TIFF and JPG.

DPP does not change the files, it only writes a recipe with changes in the file.

Downside is that only DPP reads this recipe. And ofcourse backup the files after working with DPP.

 

 


@ArnoldvO wrote:

@wq9nsc wrote:

...

DPP excels at RAW which is what I use with all of my DSLR bodies.

.....

 

Rodger


Yes, DPP is the only way to get the most out of your RAW files, espacially the nice, natural looking colors.

 

Another DPP function I really like is that DPP works lossless. Not only on RAW files, but also on TIFF and JPG.

DPP does not change the files, it only writes a recipe with changes in the file.

Downside is that only DPP reads this recipe. And ofcourse backup the files after working with DPP.

 

 


I agree. But, my needs and philosophy are "A light but firm touch". I'm a nature photographer. Generally my exposure is really close, so I just need to nudge up the basic saturation and mess with certain individual colors HSL. I'm a retired Graphic Artist / CAD specialist and I like my colors to POP, but not overwhelm. So if you look at one of my shots, you just can't tell what I've done, you just know it's pleasent (does that make sence? LOL). DPP4 does all I need, and if you dig around in it, it will do more than people know. I like the Depth Compositing (focus stacking), I just wish there were more compatible cameras, and since I have the 5D mark IV, I thouroghly love the Dual Pixel RAW feature for macro. I own other RAW editors, but DPP4 is what I use and I only pop open the others for special needs and rescues.

 

Newton

DPP does all that I need for most images also and does it easily.  I have the Adobe creative cloud and use it when needed but most of the time I don't need the added capabilities of Adobe.

 

But DPP does need some upgrades to deal with the newer Canon cameras.  The RAW files from my 1DX III aren't larger than the files from the 1DX II and are considerably smaller than the 5DS R files but they are significantly slower to work with in DPP.  I am now doing most of my photo processing on a HP Z 840 workstation which has two Intel Xeon 6 core 3.4 Ghz. processors with 128 GB of memory per processor and an Nvidia M4000 Quadro card with 8 GB of dedicated memory and 1,664 Cuda cores. 

 

DPP is running off one of the HP "Z turbo" drives which are fast solid state drives that sit in the 16 channel PCI slots and are several times faster than using solid state drives off the SAS/SATA controller.  With most files it flies, but 1DX III files take about 6 seconds after selecting the stamp/clone window before editing is possible.  During this wait time,  DPP is only loading the GPU to 1% and after a 1 second burst at high activity CPU loading stays at around 15-18%.

 

Canon recognizes this issue with newer cameras and for the 1DX III allows noise reduction via the cloud (which is slower than what my workstation provides on site) and also recommends an Intel I7 as the minimum when using a 1DX IIII(my dual fast Xeon workstation far exceeds Canon minimum recommendations).  If DPP would better utilize available resources, it would be much more usable but it barely uses the GPU at all and does almost all work on the regular CPU and doesn't even load it heavily.  CPU temperature runs in the 27-29C range when the workstation is lightly used and after over two hours of working with DPP one core made it up to 41C with none of the other cores making it out of the 30s and the cooling system remained at idle.  As a test I used Corel video studio to render a 4K video which took just under 10 minutes and it does load the system heavily resulting in several cores making it up into the low 50C range.  Hopefully a near future version of DPP will catch up with camera and workstation technology and better use available resources.

 

Rodger

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EOS 1DX M3, 1DX M2, 1DX, 5DS R, M6 Mark II, 1D M2, EOS 650 (film), many lenses, XF400 video
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