Picture Styles is one of the option found in Canon DSLR’s which allow the users to process their photographs straight out of the camera so one can shorten their digital workflow. There are inbuilt presets for most common photography scenarios already programmed into the camera viz. Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Faithful, Monochrome etc. Apart from these inbuilt presets, the user can even download new picture styles from Canon’s website & install them on to the camera using the provided software onto the CD.
A photograph straight out of the camera where I changed the default picture style to ‘Landscape’ alongwith a few in-camera adjustments.
In-camera RAW editing is a nifty feature to have. Off-course, comparing it to the RAW processors on computers is highly unfair. With this feature, one can tweak the RAW files in camera itself & adjust some basic parameters like exposure, picture styles, white balance etc.(The actual controls depend on the make of the camera). Lets see how one can put this to good use. I often use this feature when commuting. It comes handy for shots where minor editing is required. At times, I even use this feature to create a rough copy before editing the same photograph on my computer.
Above is a photograph which is straight out of the camera(JPEG). I purposely underexposed the scene here.
Now after some quick in-camera RAW edits, this is how the same photograph looks. Here I adjusted the white balance, exposure, picture styles to make this final photograph. Impressive, isn’t it? Go ahead, give it a try. Who knows, you could save time in post-processing & utilize the same for shooting.
It was about time that Canon jumped into the Mirrorless Camera Segment. They do so today with style by announcing their first mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS-M. Going by the specifications, it seems to be identical to the Canon EOS 650D sans the mirror box. Here are the key specs;
# 18 Megapixels APS-C Sensor
# Digic 5 Processor
# ISO 100-12800(25600 with Boost)
# Canon EF-M Lens Mount
# 3 inch Articulated 1.4 Million Colours Touchscreen TFT LCD
# Full HD Video Recording with Stereo Sounds at Variable Frame Rates
# GPS via optional GPS Accessory
In the first part, I told you how to make a 18% Grey Card for yourself. Now, its time you pull out that grey card as I’ll teach you how to set ‘Custom White Balance’ while shooting in your Canon EOS DSLR. No need to worry, its fairly simple.
IMP - Shoot Grey Card in the SAME LIGHT
Using lenses having Image Stabilization(IS)/Vibration Reduction(VR) is a great way to ensure you get sharp pictures. Most often, there are two version of the same lens – One having the Image Stabilization & one without it. Off-course the image stabilized version cost more over the non image stabilized. This puts a consumer buying lens in dilemma as to which version he/she should go for. Is IS/VR worth the extra cash? Does IS/VR works when the camera is mounted on a tripod? Does IS/VR helps when shooting moving subjects? Does one needs IS/VR on wide-angle lenses? I’ll answer all such queries in this post.