In-Camera Processing

Photography - 101 From Auto Modes To Manual
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It's time to talk about in camera processing. And we talked about some of the creative processing effects earlier. And those are a little bit different. Those are creative effects that really are more like filters and so forth. What I'm talking about now is the raw to JPEG conversion that occurs naturally within each camera. When you fire an image, it's going to capture it automatically in raw and then if you have it set to the JPEG file format, it will convert that in camera based on these post processing preferences that you have set up.

And on canon. They're known as Picture Styles on other cameras such as Nikon, they're known as picture controls, but every camera is going to have these options available. Now what these allow you to do is to apply these different effects for contrast, saturation, sharpness, and so forth over the image. So what we have here is a little tight below I'm going to demonstrate the different picture styles that we can use on this Canon camera to shoot this scene. Now what we're seeing is the image is very flat because we have this super strong reflection over the pool. But the first thing I'm going to do is go ahead and cancel out this reflection that we have overhead.

Now once I do this, I'm going to start closing up kind of fast. So I'm going to demonstrate what we're going to do and then we're going to start just shooting okay. So, we're going to hold this over and then I have to adjust the shutter speed down. So now I'm going to go down to about one 20th of a second or one 30th of a second should be about right. But you guys can see already that this is with the reflection. This is without the reflection, you can see how big of a difference it makes just right off the bat.

Now the next thing we're going to do is add in this light. So Olivia removed the light for just one second. Okay, so without the light, we get a very flat look. So what we're trying to do here is add light back in. So we're cancelling out the the ambient light, and then we're adding our own light with a silver reflector. Olivia's gonna add it from the sun and get it close.

So it's kind of right in there actually get more there you go right, they're perfect. And we get a nice little light coming in. That gives a lot of dimension to the photo. So what I'm going to do now is just go into my menu and we're going to select the picture style we want to use. So right now it is set to auto we're going to take our first shot on auto and then we're going to cycle through all the different picture styles. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are shooting RAW these pictures styles will show up in camera, but when you get that raw file on your computer, Unless you're using the manufacturer specific raw processing software, you're not going to see the picture style applied to the raw file.

Instead of when you load it into Lightroom or Camera Raw or aperture, it's just going to reset the file is going to look flat like it would normally look. So if you are using picture styles and you want that to transfer over to a ROM, make sure that you're using the manufacturer profile or the manufacturers raw processing software. Now when you're shooting in JPEG, these picture styles are applied to the JPEG and they're not reversible. So again, on picture styles, I would give you the guidance of kind of less is more Remember, you can always add to an image you can add more color, more contrast, more sharpness, but you can't really take away these things, it's going to be difficult to take away certain things like contrast and saturation, it's going to be near impossible to take away things like sharpness and other things you might add that may clip your shadows or blow your highlights and so forth.

Okay, so we're set up we're going to go ahead and start shooting the scene. I'm going to start with my auto mode. And I always forget that my rebel actually has a touchscreen I end up touching it and then setting something different. Okay, so we're going to do that and then I'm going to switch back. Let's go ahead and bring this reflected Over. Okay, we're going to add our light in.

And we're going to make sure that we're not disturbing the water, I'm going to bring the shutter speed down just a tiny bit, we're going to be right around like say one 10th or one 20th of a second right now at one 20th. I'm getting a really nice look here. So again, the tripod is helping out if you have a shutter release, it's a great time to use it. We can also use the two second timer in the camera if we don't want to touch it to the server just to get a sharper image. I'm pretty good with not disturbing my fingers. So we're just going to go with that route just to be quick so that these guys don't close up on us.

Okay, so let's go ahead and take our first shot, our focus is locked in, there is our auto. Let's go ahead and flip back into the picture style. We're gonna go to standard now. Capture standard. Now I'm shooting RAW plus JPEG, so we're actually getting the raw file and we're getting the JPEG file with the process setting apply. This is portrait.

One thing to keep in mind is I'm going to show you in just a second how every one of these settings is actually fully customizable. That was landscape. Let's go through to neutral Every camera has this some of them may refer to it as different names might be picture control picture settings, but it's all the same. And here's monochrome that was faithful the last one. Okay, perfect. Now I'm going to show you guys we can actually customize this too.

So I'm going to go into the user definition one or the user defined one. And I can actually hit information and it'll bring up the picture style settings. We can even go further and customize this in the manufacturers software as well. But I'm going to go ahead and just adjust from here. So sharpness, I'm going to leave it default, but what I'm going to do for contrast is boost my contrast. I'm also going to leave comment, let's go contrast plus three, we're gonna go saturation plus two color tone, I'm going to leave where it's at.

And let's go ahead and take another shot here. Perfect. You can see how big of a difference these Picture Styles make directly from the camera. And I'm going to go ahead and give this back to Olivia now. But picture styles are a wonderful tool because it allows us to process these files directly in camera. This is great, especially when we're showing them to clients if you choose the right Pictures dial in camera.

Well, you can show your clients directly from the back of your camera, they're gonna be amazed by how awesome your images are directly in camera. That's the camera pictures I was what I want you all to do for this assignment is to go and try out the picture styles or the camera settings, or picture settings or picture controls whatever your manufacturer and brand of camera calls it, look it up in your manual and how to control it and go out and play with it. Once you get those files shoot in RAW plus JPEG that way you get the raw file and you get the JPEG file and upload them to your computer. compare the differences between the raw file and the different versions of the picture styles and compare the picture styles to one another to see how they look. And afterwards come up with your own custom picture styles.

Once you guys get images that look great once you come up with picture styles that are awesome, be sure to upload them SDR lounge and tell the rest of the community, what your picture styles are, what kind of settings you use and so forth. That's it for this video. We'll see you all in the next one.

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