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Photography 101 - Tips and Editing Techniques

Selecting a Picture Style

By changing your picture style you will get the desired image effects. Once you change your picture style it will stay on that setting until you manually change it. If you don’t feel like you are ready to dive into this function quite yet just leave it on standard.

Standard (S) – images looks vivid, sharp and crisp. This style is a very versatile button since is is suitable for most scenes.

Portrait (P) – Looking for good skin tones this might be a good one to choose.  Produces a soft texture skin tones will have a warm look from a slight increase in Magenta. Effective for close up shots.

Landscape (L) – Sharp expressions with vivid blues and greens. Also emphasizes yellow objects with added saturation. You don’t have to use this one just on landscape perhaps when you want bright colors emphasized.

Neutral (N) – If you want to process images more on your own computer. Contrast, color saturation and in-camera sharpening are all reduced.  You will end up with more natural colors and subdued images.

Faithful (F) –  This one is also if you want to process the image more on your own computer. When the image is captured under 5200K lighting conditions. color saturation and contrast are deliberately toned-down. not exactly neutral though faithful will have a warmer look. good for still life images.

Monochrome (M) – For black and white images. Remember you can always turn a colored picture black and white with and editing software program, but you can’t add color to a picture once you take it.  That being said this setting  allows you to mimic the effects of traditional  yellow, orange, red or green filters that would have been used with black and white photographic film.

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