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Re: Picture Styles

Couldn't agree more ebiggs!  Well put.

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Re: Picture Styles

I have seen this comment before, i.e. using a "neutral picture style". I am happy to be corrected but as I understand it, the latitude  for post production would only apply if the image was only recorded as a jpeg. 

For RAW shooters the picture style gives a starting point for processing, as ebiggs1 said. You could have the camera set for landscape and in DPP choose neutral and process from there.

An interesting idea  I read online recently  from a professional photographer was to choose "monochrome" merely for the image on the camera monitor screen, which would allow for easier judgement of tonality. A subtle but possibly useful strategy.

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Re: Picture Styles


njc99 wrote:

I have seen this comment before, i.e. using a "neutral picture style". I am happy to be corrected but as I understand it, the latitude  for post production would only apply if the image was only recorded as a jpeg. 

For RAW shooters the picture style gives a starting point for processing, as ebiggs1 said. You could have the camera set for landscape and in DPP choose neutral and process from there.

An interesting idea  I read online recently  from a professional photographer was to choose "monochrome" merely for the image on the camera monitor screen, which would allow for easier judgement of tonality. A subtle but possibly useful strategy.


I hear what you and Ernie are saying, but I'm less than 100% convinced. If I use a sub-optimal picture style and/or white balance setting and have to correct for it in post-processing the RAW file, it invariably leaves the image underexposed, forcing me to turn up the brightness more than I otherwise would. That suggests that the camera is taking the WB and PS settings into account when computing the exposure. And since turning up the brightness seems bound to reduce dynamic range, using wildly wrong PS or WB settings (more the latter than the former, I think) cannot be said to be fully correctable in PP. Am I missing something with that line of reasoning? Or am I right, but the effect is normally too small to worry about?

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Re: Picture Styles

This is intriguing.  I will investigate this by setting different picture styles and WB in camera, shooting RAW (might as well shoot jpeg too) and check exposure settings and histograms in DPP. I have read that if the histogram on the camera monitor is showing blown highlights they may actually be fine on the RAW file. Some people use  faithful or neutral with contrast turned down to make this less of an issue. The histogram is taken from the jpeg data. Busy time of year for all of us but  I will post my findings if and when  I have some.

I know there are people out there who understand this far better than  I do.

 

https://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/13271/do-different-picture-styles-affect-raw-output

 

https://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/39061/what-settings-are-ignored-while-shooting-raw

 

https://www.slrlounge.com/camera-settings-raw-outdoor-photography-picture-styles-picture-controls/

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Re: Picture Styles

I think what you're saying is definitely true of using Highlight Tone Priority, but not at all sure about the rest. I experimented a little with the "overexpose and adjust in post" idea (or whatever that's called) and I didn't notice any improvements that were visible to my eye. Seemed more like I lost the richness in medium an darker tones. Not exactly what you're saying but similar maybe.
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Re: Picture Styles


RobertTheFat wrote:

njc99 wrote: 

I hear what you and Ernie are saying, but I'm less than 100% convinced. If I use a sub-optimal picture style and/or white balance setting and have to correct for it in post-processing the RAW file, it invariably leaves the image underexposed, forcing me to turn up the brightness more than I otherwise would.

 

That suggests that the camera is taking the WB and PS settings into account when computing the exposure. 


I have noticed that there seems to be a connection between WB settings and exposure, too.  I have never taken PS into account, because I never change it from Standard, in the camera I mean.  I no longer use WB Auto.

I used to get the occasional under/over exposure when I had WB set to AUTO.  I began dialing a temperature, or using a fixed setting like “Daylight”, and the under/over exposures have all but gone away.  When I do get one, it seems to have been because I had decomposed a shot, and did not lock exposure.

 

Of course, it should not make a difference where WB is set, because I am shooting RAW.  But, there seems to be something going else on under the hood, that is related to WB and Exposure.

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Re: Picture Styles

If Canon is reading this:

 

I wish they would show in DPP what Color Temperature their Auto White Balance has chosen and what Fine-tune settings (B--A and M--G sliders).   I'm always stitching exposures together and it would valuable to read what the settings are for the look I like best and then make both exposures the same.  I can do that by choosing something other that Auto, but sometimes their algorythims pick a better, more subtle reading of the light than Daylight.  As it is I just leave them both in their auto-selected default and adjust one or the other in photoshop--which is tedious when you do it every friggin photo.

 

I'm dragging my own post off topic..........

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Re: Picture Styles

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AaronD wrote:

If Canon is reading this:

 

I wish they would show in DPP what Color Temperature their Auto White Balance has chosen and what Fine-tune settings (B--A and M--G sliders).   I'm always stitching exposures together and it would valuable to read what the settings are for the look I like best and then make both exposures the same.  I can do that by choosing something other that Auto, but sometimes their algorythims pick a better, more subtle reading of the light than Daylight.  As it is I just leave them both in their auto-selected default and adjust one or the other in photoshop--which is tedious when you do it every friggin photo.

 

I'm dragging my own post off topic..........


When you capture a series of exposures for Photostich to create a panorama, you want all of the exposures to be identical.  You want to set everything manually, particularly WB.  This helps to make the final image more uniform.  If you had a wider lens, then the entire scene would be exposed the same way.  So, when you capture pieces of the final scene, you want to sue the same exposure.

Additionally, you do not want to do a lot processing on the images prior to using Photostitch.  Processing creates distortions and differences at the pixel, which your eye may not see but the software can.  Process the output image, not the images that you send to Photostitch.

 

If you are shooting a panorama, then it works best if you allow successive shots to overlap by 1/3.  This gives the software plenty of image to work with to create an accurate alignment.  Also, I would advise rolling the camera to portrait orientation when shooting a panoramic sequence, still allowing for the shots to overlap by 1/3.  I like to use a focal length of 50mm, 85mm, or 100mm, when I am creating a panorama.

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Re: Picture Styles

Yep.  Most of mine are vertical "panoramas" using a TSE 24 mm or sometimes the 17 mm, sometimes side-to-side.  You see that in most of these:  http://www.aarondougherty.com/Architectural-Photos/Cultural  When I occsionally do a regular sweeping panorama I do as you say, though I still wish Canon would let me know what settings their algorithms come up with so I could choose one of theirs if I like one OR just set them all to Daylight after the fact.

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