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Occasional Contributor
Posts: 10
Registered: ‎08-29-2016

Picture Styles

I don't understand Picture Styles.  The contrast, saturation, and color are all 0, all styles.  But the sharpness settings change from one style to another.  

 

I read that Standard has more sharpening than Faithful, 3 and 0 respectively.  This makes sense. 

I read that Standard is more saturated than Faithful, both are 0.  This makes no sense.

 

If the styles have hidden values, and the 0 means "default" for each style, then why is sharpening a non-zero value?

 

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Frequent Contributor
Posts: 108
Registered: ‎10-21-2016

Re: Picture Styles

The settings in each style is meant as a starting point, you modify the settings to your personal taste. The idea behind having Landscape, Portrait etc is just a convenient place to store each setup so that you choose a preset style quickly without having to change 4 settings each time. There are no hidden values.

 

It looks far more complicated than it is. Personally I never use them because I shoot in raw.

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Registered: ‎12-07-2012

Re: Picture Styles

"I don't understand Picture Styles"

 

Shoot in Raw foramt and set it where ever you want it in post.  Raw does not use Picture Styles.  Much better to do this way.

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Re: Picture Styles

Yeah I shoot RAW too, but I gotta pick a picture style--even if it is just "nuetral".  And if I leave it on "auto" the camera or DPP  chooses one for me.
 
The "starting point" idea seems right, but Canon only shows us the starting point for sharpening.  They tell us strength, radius (I think it is) and threshold.  Which is really useful because those values can be borrowed if we want to create our own custom picture style using those values with some other color values, maybe.
 
But they really do hide the values for saturation contrast and color because the starting point is always 0--even though we know full well Standard has more saturation than Nuetral. I don't suspect they hide this stuff out of malice, I think it's more likely they use curves and algorithms that don't lend themselves to menu sliders like sharpness does.  
 
It would usefull to know what they're doing in Portrait for example, so that you can mimic that syle for its color, but Landscape for its contrast.  Just picking out random variables...
 
And now I should stop fooling around and get to work...
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Frequent Contributor
Posts: 108
Registered: ‎10-21-2016

Re: Picture Styles

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I will have to withdraw what I said about "no hidden settings" now that I've studied it a bit more.

I have noticed that in DPP 4 when you change the style even though the sliders do not change there is quite a drastic change to the histogram so something is certainly happening.

 

I played with Canons (very crude) picture style editor program and can see that you can change Hue, saturation and luminance together with selective colour changes and curves so changing to one of the preset styles could be doing almost anything, but whatever it is Canon isn't telling us.

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Re: Picture Styles

" I shoot RAW too, but I gotta pick a picture style--even if it is just "nuetral"."

 

There is no Picture Style when shooting Raw format.  Doesn't matter where you set it.  It is meaningless.

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Posts: 108
Registered: ‎10-21-2016

Re: Picture Styles

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"There is no Picture Style when shooting Raw format.  Doesn't matter where you set it.  It is meaningless"

 

It's not meaningless if you use DPP.

Occasional Contributor
Posts: 10
Registered: ‎08-29-2016

Re: Picture Styles

True there is no picture style "baked in" when you use raw.  But you really do have to pick one from the list - DPP or ACR, neither of which includes "no picture style"  -  when you process from raw to ANYTHING else.  Do you never make JPGs or TIFs? 

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Occasional Contributor
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎11-28-2017

Re: Picture Styles

the best setting in my opinon is Neutral. It gives you a nice flat image that always the most freedom in post production. 

 

thats what im using. 

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Registered: ‎12-07-2012

Re: Picture Styles

"It's not meaningless if you use DPP."

"...you really do have to pick one from the list"

 

You have to pick one for your computer. Not the Raw file. You can not view a Raw file as is, so a viewable copy is made for you by the conversion process.  It is meaningless to the Raw file.  Noting is changed, nothing is altered.  You can't even save the Picture Style in your Raw after you view it.  Only the viewable copy, likely a jpg, maintains that info.

Don't like the Picture Style, change it as many times as you wish. Still the Raw file is unaffected.

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