Parameters and Picture Styles allow you to set certain guidelines for how your images are processed by the camera. You can select from numerous styles or looks, depending on the effect you are after. For example, on the EOS Digital Rebel XT, Parameters are available in automatic shooting modes, and they include two preset parameters for either standard color and sharpness or more subdued color, a Black and White (B/W) parameter, and three user-definable sets of parameters. On newer cameras, Picture Styles replace Parameters. Picture Styles include:
■ Standard. This is the default Picture Style. Images are rendered with vivid color and good sharpness with higher contrast and saturation.
■ Portrait. This setting produces enhanced skin tones for babies, children, and women; a soft texture; and lower sharpness. You can adjust the red-to-yellow color range using the Color Tone parameter under the Detail settings for this Picture Style to tweak skin color.
■ Landscape. This setting renders images with vivid blues and greens, higher sharpness, contrast, and saturation.
Neutral. This setting creates images with natural but subdued color with low saturation, contrast, and sharpness. This style allows photographers ample latitude to set their preferred levels of saturation and contrast during image editing.
Faithful. This setting creates images that are colorimetrically adjusted to match standard daylight. Like the Neutral style, Faithful renders images with low contrast and saturation and allows good latitude for editing to the photographer's preferences.
Monochrome. This setting creates images that are black and white or toned with slightly high sharpness, higher contrast, and low saturation. To control rendering of specific colors in black-and-white images, you can apply a yellow, orange, red, and green filter for pictures taken using the Monochrome style.
See Chapter 9 for more information about Canon Picture Styles.
An advantage of Parameters and Picture Styles is you can standardize image looks across multiple cameras, or when you purchase a new camera, you can replicate the look that you got on your previous camera.
A conversion table is available on the Canon Web site at www.canon. co.jp/imaging/picturestyle/qa/index .html#q4.
If you capture RAW images, you can apply a Picture Style during the image conversion in Canon's Digital Photo Professional program. And you can apply Picture Style to RAW images shot with earlier dSLRs such as the EOS 10D, D60, D30; the EOS 20D, 30D; and the original EOS Digital Rebel.
You can download additional Picture Styles from Canon's Web site, and then install them on the EOS-1D Mark III , EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, and the EOS Digital Rebel XTi cameras that support Picture Style. With the style installed on the camera, you can then also install and use the supplementary styles in Digital Photo Professional version 2.2 or later. At the time of this writing, additional Picture Style files are offered the Canon Web site: Nostalgia for muted color, Clear for dramatic night skies, Twilight to transform normal blue skies to purple hues, Emerald to render clear blue water in vivid emerald colors, Studio Portrait for applying more delicate tonality and translucent skin tones, Snapshot Portrait for achieving good portrait/skin and contrast results both outdoors and indoors, Reference Portrait for radiant and translucent skin tones especially outdoors, and Autumn Hues for natural but vibrant earth tones and colors.
You can visit the Canon Web site for
_ instructions on downloading the supplementary Picture Style files at www.canon.co.jp/ imaging/picturestyle/index.html.
USING MIRROR LOCKUP FOR PERFECT IMAGES One problem that affects all dSLR cameras is the mechanical action of the mirror as it is raised and lowered to allow light to pass from the lens to the image sensor. The physical motion of the mirror, in some sensitive situations, is enough to cause the camera to move ever so slightly, but that movement is sufficient to cause some blurring of the image. While your camera contains some motion-baffling elements to act as shock-absorbers while this is happening, occasionally you may want to eliminate the mirror movement altogether. The images at greatest risk for this occurring are ones that involve a longer exposure with a long lens.
To get truly blur-free images, start by using a tripod, your camera's mirror-lockup feature, and a Canon remote shutter release. The mirror-lockup feature is a Custom Function, which you must set using the Custom Function menu. On the 1D Mark III, there is also a new option that allows you to keep the mirror locked up for multiple shots.
Using the mirror-lockup function, you need to press the shutter release on your remote control twice to take the photo: once to raise the mirror and a second time to expose the image. You can also use the mirror-lockup feature with the self-timer, but this can be a little tricky so be careful! Using mirror lockup, the photo is taken while the camera is perfectly still, so there is absolutely no vibration or motion, assuming your tripod is stable. Obviously, a stiff breeze might be an issue.
Was this article helpful?