Canon soft­ware

Canon’s DPP ed­i­tor + set­ting up new Canon EOS DSLR

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As well en­abling you to fix prob­lems with a pho­to­graph’s colours and tones, you can use Canon’s free DPP 4 soft­ware to over­come cam­era-re­lated prob­lems such as sen­sor spots. These grey splodges are caused by dust stick­ing to your Canon’s sen­sor, and are par­tic­u­larly no­tice­able in large, light ar­eas, such as patches of clear blue sky.

DPP 4 has a Copy Stamp tool that will re­move ugly sen­sor spots in just a few clicks, by re­plac­ing the of­fend­ing item with pix­els sam­pled from a clear area of the im­age. But while the Copy Stamp works well, it can take time to re­pair mul­ti­ple sen­sor spots as you need to click on them one by one.

Most Canon DSLRS en­able you to cap­ture Dust Delete Data; by shoot­ing a clean white piece of pa­per you can cre­ate a map of any dust stuck to your sen­sor. This Dust Delete Data ref­er­ence file is then ap­pended to all the pho­tos you sub­se­quently take. DPP 4 can then read this Dust Delete Data file and au­to­mat­i­cally re­pair (or hide) mul­ti­ple sen­sor spots in one quick oper­a­tion.

While cre­at­ing a Dust Delete Data file is a good idea in the­ory, if you change lenses on lo­ca­tion then you may add new specks of dust to your sen­sor that will still need to be re­moved man­u­ally with the Copy Stamp tool. You may also want to clean up older files that don’t con­tain a Dust Delete Data ref­er­ence file. Check out our an­no­ta­tion and step-by-step guide to see how to hide sen­sor spots and clone out other dis­tract­ing el­e­ments, such as the re­flec­tions in the win­dow of our sam­ple im­age.

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