Lesson-6: Picture Styles & Picture Control

In the previous lesson we had seen how  altering colour balance setting changes the way the final image appears. For colours to be accurately reproduced, the white balance setting should match the light (source) in which picture is being shot.

There is also another parameter that affects the way the colours are reproduced in an image. This is controlled by setting the picture style (in canon) and Picture Control (in nikon)

 

Picture style / control can be accessed through the MENU setting or directly on the LCD screen.  The best way to learn the effects of the different styles is by shooting the same subject with different settings and comparing them side by side

PICTURE STYLE - in Canon Cameras

PICTURE STYLE - in Canon Cameras

PICTURE CONTROL - Nikon cameras

PICTURE CONTROL - Nikon cameras

 

Both Picture Style & Picture Control work similarly , changing the contrast, saturation , sharpness and tone of the image to create different looks. The same picture shot with different styles results in images that have a different mood.

Different picture control settings - Nikon- Look at how the colour of the skin and clothes varies with the different settings

Different picture control settings - Nikon- Look at how the colour of the skin and clothes varies with the different settings

Different picture style settings - Canon- The colour reproduction and saturation changes with the different settings

Different picture style settings - Canon- The colour reproduction and saturation changes with the different settings


Depending on how you want the final picture to look, you can set the picture style/ control before you start shooting. For example, if you are shooting colourful objects or beautiful scenes you might want use the Landscape (Canon) or Vivid (nikon) setting. If you are shooting people and you want the colours to be as close to real as possible you should shoot on neutral of faithful settings

 

Left- Neutral, Right - Landscape. See how the colours are brighter and the contrast is crisp

Left- Neutral, Right - Landscape. See how the colours are brighter and the contrast is crisp

RAW vs JPEG

A point to note here is that if you're shooting jpeg images, the images will appear as per the style you have set, you cannot alter them. However if you are shooting in RAW, you can shoot in any style you like and then come back and change you're mind about it. You can choose and alter the picture style / control in the proprietary software  that comes with the camera ( Like DPP,  View NX etc)


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