DPP is free it comes with your canon camera its digital photo proffesional its on the disc that came with your camera.
ok i'm guessing you might be shooting wide open on your lens all the time which is why your shots always look especially soft this lens is soft wide open but respectable when stopped down
stopping down means changing your F stop so instead of shooting at f3.5 or f 5.6 try change your aperture to f8 or f11 in aperture priority mode (AV)
this will also give you more depth of field (more stuff in fiocus and sharp) for your landscape shots
the trade off here is either the shutter speed needs to slow down or iso increase so if you use a tripod and set iso 100 in AV and use Auto exposure bracketing with the timer the camera will automatically take 3 shots and it will calculate the shutter speeds and do that automatically since your camera probably only does 3 shot AEB set your range to 2 stops so it will take 0EV -2EV and +2 EV
hope that helps
Thank you very much!
Here are some more questions / more info:
1) After I shoot in RAW 16 BIT, I process in Photomatrix Pro (64bit),
then use ACDSee Pro to crop, rotate, adjust tones, etc. but....
I use ACDSee, it warns me that the image is 16 Bit RAW
I use ACDSee, the image will be converted to JPEG and 8 BIT.
I say okay, and BAM, there goes the sharpness I once had
2) I MUST
learn how to do that whole f stop thing. I've never shot
anything other than P mode (Three bracketed shots) and Auto mode.
Got Youtube video for that / what one of these?...Canon 60D tutorial videos
a) Will Digital Photo Professional, crop, rotate, etc. RAW images?
*EDIT* Answered: Canon Digital Photo Professional Tutorial - What is DPP (1/19)
b) Should I dump ACDSee Pro because it won't process RAW images and learn DPP?
*EDIT* Looks like I'm going to be learning a new program, LOL!
c) If DPP does not crop or rotate or allow me to adjust tones, etc., what FREE program do you recommend?
*EDIT* None needed, DPP will do that and more: Canon Digital Photo Professional Tutorial - What is DPP (1/19)