Tone Curves

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  1. JFew

    JFew TPF Noob!

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    I'd really appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction. I'm trying to find an intuitive tutorial on how to properly adjust the tone curves in Canon's Digital Photo Professional, or a 3-part tone curve in general. The help section (big surprise) of the program wasn't really all that helpful...heh. A video would be fantastic but text isn't totally obsolete...yet. :)

    Anyway, thanks a bunch in advance!


    P.S. if you're just going to tell me to read FAQ or something, please, don't post here. Thanks.
     
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    This post was modified by a moderator and its implication changed around, be it intentional or not. JFew, the original poster, has removed it.
     
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    The Internet is full of useful information.

    I'd bet you could find some nice video tutorials on YouTube were you to look.
     
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    aside from that a good recommendation, go to a news stand or grocery store and see if they have "Popular Photography" its a magazine, but right now you can get a full year for like $10-12 which I thought was pretty good. It always seems to be filled with good pointers and how too articles.

    I also kinda like the cameralabs youtube videos. I am unsure if he did any on tone curves... BUT I read there is a website with more videos? YouTube - cameralabs's Channel
     
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    Thank you, I appreciate the help. I'll look at that.
     
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    From what I've just read, specifically someone saying "DPP makes global adjustments" is telling me that I'm unable to do what I want with the program. I guess this was all in vain. Looks like I'll be getting PS at some point.

    Thanks for your help, CW.
     
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    if your still of the school age (I have no clue) check on there site, I know at my college I can get PS 4 for $200 student copy. Nothing it can't do its just like the regular one just a lot less for students/teachers.
    Do you have the newest update of the software?
     
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    Nope, I haven't been in school for several years.

    I might try GIMP or some free program like that. Thanks.
     
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    JFew did you get the info you were looking for or no? I tried to help as much as I could.

    If YOU feel that you have gotten good info I suggest you PM a mod and just have this thread locked up before it gets out of hand. thats the thing with internet... no one knows who you are and no one will back down from a "fight"

    just some advice thats all, no need to tell me to shove it ;)
     
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    Well, I did a quick bit of research about applying a custom tone curve using DPP,and my first two hits were these URLs.Tech Tips by Chuck Westfall - The Digital Journalist (February 2007)

    Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital Camera Review: Included Software

    In the first, Canon's Chuck Westfall describes how to upload a custom tone curve to the EOS 1Ds BODY....I am primarily a Nikon shooter,secondarily a Canon shooter, and I have uploaded some custom tone curves to my D2x *BODY*, which is a good way to get the kind of out of camera JPEG images I want without post-processing, but he curves you build have to be very carefully tailored to the particular camera and sensor you are using.

    Applying a custom tone curve to RAW images in post-processing is reasonably easy. I'm not that conversant on Canon bodies or software, even though I own some Canon stuff...I do know that your camera itself needs to be capable of accepting tone curves *IF* what you want to do is apply a custom curve to the camera, in order to control in-camera JPEG captures or to control the way RAW+JPEG renders the JPEG output file.

    SO, not sure,exactly, if all you need is the ability to custom configure a curve and then apply it, post-capture, to multiple files, OR if you wish to load custom tone curves into your body; if the latter, it seems that the EOS Viewer Utility Mr. Canon (aka Chuck Westfall) suggests is the way to do that.
     
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    Not directed at you, sorry if it seemed it was. Your information told me exactly what I needed to know and I appreciate it. Thank you.
     
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