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.