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Is neutral picture style a good way to get the most dynamic range?

 
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Feb 08, 2012 14:02 |  #1

I understand you can change the styles if you shoot in raw but I'm not sure about the sharpness part because once the camera adds sharpness it's not easy to remove it. Lately I've been shooting in Neutral instead of Standard and Faithful and pushed all my sliders to the far left. Then I bring up contrast, saturation and sharpness in Lightroom.

What do you guys think about this? Are there any other settings you use in-camera that helps get a better image in post?




  
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Feb 08, 2012 14:05 |  #2

Actually, the opposite is true. Unless you are using Canon DPP to process your raw files, the picture styles won't be applied to the raw file. They're most commonly applied to jpegs.


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Feb 08, 2012 14:05 |  #3

IF you're shooting raw, Picture Styles are a moot point in Lightroom.

There are only two places that Picture Styles have an affect on your image:
1) Your camera's LCD (since you're viewing the embedded jpg)
2) If you use Canon's DPP as your raw conveter


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Feb 08, 2012 14:06 |  #4

I pretty much turn off all in-camera processing, set style to 'Neutral' just in case, and do all of the editing within Lightroom.


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Feb 08, 2012 16:17 |  #5

Snydremark wrote in post #13850255 (external link)
I pretty much turn off all in-camera processing, set style to 'Neutral' just in case, and do all of the editing within Lightroom.

Yes, that's what I do, too. I do use DPP, so any style settings would be reflected in the recipes of raw pictures, but these are easily removed if necessary.




  
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Feb 08, 2012 17:08 |  #6

Are there any other settings you use in-camera that helps get a better image in post?

If you shoot RAW there are only three settings that make the image better or worse: aperture, shutter speed and ISO.


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Feb 08, 2012 18:11 |  #7

Good to know, thanks tzalman and everyone else.




  
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Feb 17, 2012 09:22 |  #8

tzalman wrote in post #13851575 (external link)
If you shoot RAW there are only three settings that make the image better or worse: aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

I would add focal length and focus :)




  
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Feb 17, 2012 09:25 |  #9

LudwigVB wrote in post #13851286 (external link)
Yes, that's what I do, too. I do use DPP, so any style settings would be reflected in the recipes of raw pictures, but these are easily removed if necessary.

Me too.


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Feb 17, 2012 09:37 |  #10

what you should do is make your histogram viewable, learn how to read one, and then make sure you exposure contains the most exposed detail possible without blowing highlights,

then you have the most play in LR or any other raw converter.


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Feb 17, 2012 09:55 as a reply to  @ mike_311's post |  #11

The picture style is applied to the jpg thumbnail on the back LCD..and that in turn is what the histogram reports. Since I shoot raw I set the picture style to neutral so that the camera will give me a thumbnail and histogram that will match as closely as possible to the image I will see in LR before any post processing adjustments are made.




  
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Feb 17, 2012 11:05 |  #12

MCAsan wrote in post #13914395 (external link)
The picture style is applied to the jpg thumbnail on the back LCD..and that in turn is what the histogram reports. Since I shoot raw I set the picture style to neutral so that the camera will give me a thumbnail and histogram that will match as closely as possible to the image I will see in LR before any post processing adjustments are made.

Exactly...select Neutral Picture Style for the closest representation of the RAW image in the JPG histogram.


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Feb 17, 2012 13:00 |  #13

In DPP I almost always process RAW files with the neutral style and sharpness +2. Standard and Faithful styles are too artificial and agressive.




  
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Feb 17, 2012 14:12 |  #14

picture stlye affects your in camera histogram, even shooting raw, which may matter to you if you are ETTR. i set picture style to neutral and minimize sharpening and contrast.

what i really guess i need is a light meter, but that's off topic.


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