Software (contd.)

ZoomBrowser EX

RAW Image Task

Select one or more RAW images then click on the 'Process RAW Images...' option to launch the RAW IMAGE Task window. The main window is has a straightforward layout, the main viewing window in the middle, above this a toolbar, above that the '1 2 3' steps required to convert the RAW image. On the left are thumbnails of the RAW images to be converted (you can batch convert images with the same development conditions if required). Output formats include JPEG and TIFF (8/16-bit).

In addition to this main window there are also four floating windows; Image Quality ADjustment, Properties, Histogram and Navigator.

Image Quality Adjustment - allows you to make changes to the 'development conditions' for the image Properties - displays shooting information about the current image, allows you to embed a comment into the RAW file
Histogram - A luminance value or RGB histogram of the current image Navigator - if the image is magnified the navigator indicates the displayed area and can be used to scroll the view

RAW adjustments which can be applied from the Image Quality Adjustment window:

Digital Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0 EV in 0.1 EV steps
White balance Auto, Presets, Kelvin, White Point
White balance fine tuning Blue - Amber & Green - Magenta
Contrast Low, Mid Low, Standard, Mid High, High
Color mode Standard, B/W
Color saturation Low, Mid Low, Standard, Mid High, High
Color tone -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
B/W filter None, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
B/W toning None, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Sharpness Low, Mid Low, Standard, Mid

Remote Shooting / EOS Capture

Select the 'Remote shooting' option from ZoomBrowser or CameraWindow to launch the EOS Capture remote control application which allows you to control camera settings and trigger exposures on a tethered camera. Images are saved to the local hard disk (and optionally also the storage card). Settings are adjusted by clicking on the setting on the display panel and pressing the left or right adjustment arrows. Additionally you can also execute 'Timer Shooting' (time lapse) which can be configured to take an exposure at specific intervals.

EOS Capture immediately after startup displaying current camera settings. Click on the camera icon to take a shot. Click on any of the 'adjustable' settings (such as aperture, white balance, ISO etc.) and use the left / right arrows to change.

Canon Digital Photo Professional 1.6.1

Included with the EOS 350D is Canon's alternative image workflow and RAW conversion software, Digital Photo Professional. This latest version of DPP adds a few features over previous versions and of course supports Canon's newer digital SLR's. Note that EOS Viewer Utility is no longer supplied.

Thumbnail index view

The main thumbnail view has three different size options as well as an interesting thumbnail with information view as seen below (click here for an example of small thumbnail size). Note that adjustments such as brightness and white balance can be made to single or multiple files and are remembered across multiple sessions.

Edit image window

Select one or more images and click on the 'Edit image window' (or simply double click on a single image) to switch to the edit window where you can carry out various RAW adjustments such as digital exposure compensation, white balance, tone curve and color. Just as before DPP's sharpness setting is on the save dialog which means you can't tune (or store) a sharpness setting for each image. The shot below shows the oversized toolbar running along the top of the window, selected thumbnails down the left side (this can be turned off), a before and after (optional) view of the image in the center and adjustments to the right. Note that two new features are now available: Stamp (for removing blemishes) and Trimming (for cropping the image).

On the right side of the edit window are two pages of adjustments accessed by two tabs labeled 'RAW image adjustment' and 'RGB image adjustment'.

RAW adjustments which can be applied from the adjustment tabs:

RAW image adjustment
Brightness +/- 2.0 EV in 0.01 EV steps (digital exposure compensation)
White balance Auto, Presets, Kelvin, White Point (3 memorized)
White balance fine tuning Hue & Saturation
Dynamic range adjustment Black point & White point (ie. 'levels'), now 0 - 4095 (12 bit)
Tone curve Shot, Linear, Custom (-2 to +2)
Color adjustment Shot, Faithful, Custom (Hue -2 to +2, Saturation -2 to +2)
RGB image adjustment
Tone curve Multi-point (up to 8) on luminance or individual channels
Brightness -100 to +100
Contrast -100 to +100
Color adjustment: Hue -30 to +30
Color adjustment: Saturation 0 to 200 (default 100)

* Note that sharpness setting is made at the time of output (the last thing to be carried out), and can be set in the range of 0 to 5 (click here).

DPP 'Faithful color' reproduction

Digital Photo Professional has two standard color adjustment modes of 'Shot' and 'Faithful'. These can produce quite different color responses from images, in some circumstances the Faithful setting delivers very impressive results (although in others can mean the clipping of color channels). According the the DPP manual "a feature of EOS DIGITAL cameras, are settings that are faithful to the original image. This setting adjusts colors so that the images that are taken in an ambient light of approx. 5200 K can be colorimetrically faithful to the subject's color tones."

All the samples below were originally 350D RAW files output from DPP as JPEG and reduced to XGA dimensions. Each file was converted with both the 'Shot' and 'Faithful' color adjustment settings. It's probably worth knowing that DPP's 'Shot' color adjustment setting is less saturated than straight out of the camera JPEG and default output from RAW Image Task.

DPP color adjustment 'Shot' DPP color adjustment 'Faithful'