LowriderS10 wrote in post #13535287
Thanks...I play with Picture Styles for now, but I know...oh believe me I know...that I really should shoot RAW. I'm going on a big month-long trip to Europe this summer, I guess I should get myself comfortable with RAW before then
I am an advocate of Raw shooting myself, and for those who are new to Raw/learning Raw I do consider the Canon Raw processing software Digital Photo Professional (DPP) a very valuable tool to have, both for good conversions, quick processing, learning about what Raw processing is all about, and, for those with other Raw processors, a good reference for how to make your shots "like a jpeg" and then, if possible, to improve them.
DPP "reads" your in-camera Picture Style settings (Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, as well as White Balance and Noise Reduction, etc) and applies them for its initial review and for "quick conversions". And then, it gives you complete freedom to change things around and adjust them.
As to your original question, I would definitely work with the Picture Styles to change things around. For example, you could tweak the Landscape, Standard or Neutral/Faithful Picture Styles to be more to your liking. But, you can also create your own Picture Style in the Picture Style Editor, and load it using EOS Utilities. That way, you can have a Standard Picture Style with the default settings, or you could load one with the sharpening boost that you are talking about.
As has been mentioned, over-sharpening a jpeg in-camera can lead to artifacts that are not-so-pleasant, and not-so-easy to remove!