Ex­plore pic­ture styles

Practical Photography (UK) - - Hidden Camera Features -

MOST OF US re­touch im­ages us­ing soft­ware such as Pho­to­shop or Light­room, where we get the great­est de­gree of con­trol. But you can also ap­ply ba­sic edit­ing pre­sets in-cam­era, in­stantly chang­ing the style or at­mos­phere of your im­age.

Vir­tu­ally all cam­eras now have built-in pic­ture styles (of­ten called Scene Guides or Pic­ture Con­trols), which al­low you to ap­ply sub­tle tweaks to your shots. Pre­sets of­ten in­clude Land­scape mode, which boosts blues and greens for more vivid scenes, and Por­trait mode, which gives more nat­u­ral skin tones. You’ll also usu­ally find Nat­u­ral, Monochrome and Stan­dard op­tions.

If you want to get even more ad­ven­tur­ous, most cam­eras also of­fer Creative Fil­ters (some­times called Creative Con­trols) for more artis­tic ef­fects, in­clud­ing the Minia­ture ef­fect (see im­age above), and the Toy Cam­era ef­fect. Pic­ture styles are al­most al­ways ap­plied to im­ages as you shoot, whereas on some cam­eras creative

fil­ters can only be ap­plied af­ter you take your shot. Both pic­ture styles and creative fil­ters are only ap­plied to JPEGs and not RAWs.

Above The Minia­ture Ef­fect im­i­tates the un­usual depthof-field of a tilt & shift lens.

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