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Better Portrait Picture Style Setting for asian people (Vietnam) skin?

 
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Dec 13, 2013 19:25 |  #1
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The Default Setting of Portrait Picture Style on Canon DSLR is 2,0,0,0. But is that default setting designed by Canon for Western People Skin (Europe, Amerian) instead Asian People skin???? What setting'll be better for asian people (Vietnam) skin?




  
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Dec 13, 2013 22:13 |  #2

Shoot raw, calibrate your monitor, adjust the raw in lightroom.


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Dec 13, 2013 22:22 as a reply to  @ Charlie's post |  #3

You can design your own Picture Style with Canon's Picture Style Editor, but it'd be better to shoot in RAW and use post processing to get exactly the skin tones that you desire.


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Dec 13, 2013 22:34 as a reply to  @ rrblint's post |  #4

What makes you think the default setting is set for european skin tones?

Living in SE Asia, I think Asian people have accurate skin tones. I think white people have pink skin and Asians have what we would normally think of as natural skin tone. So no adjustment is needed in my opinion.

Like others said, shoot in RAW. I would also consider WB a factor. I just shoot auto and adjust later in LR.


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Dec 13, 2013 23:41 |  #5

If you select adequate White Balance differences in skin tone are understood by the camera.
Some post production 'recipes' tailored with a specific type of skin in mind can distort your color though.
As a Chief engineer of a broadcast network, I introduced minor corrections to the lighting recommendations due to the darker skin tone of most of our people, but the color calibrations were basically the same.


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Dec 14, 2013 02:42 |  #6

The biggest challenge is shooting black people next to white people in a dark environment ...


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Dec 14, 2013 03:08 |  #7

Interestingly, I've never gotten good Portrait results with the Portrait picture style with any human being.


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Dec 14, 2013 03:10 |  #8

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #16526142 (external link)
The biggest challenge is shooting black people next to white people in a dark environment ...

How is that a challenge? Black people aren't actually black as in #000000 and white people aren't actually #ffffff.


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Dec 14, 2013 03:29 |  #9

Ditto, I never use Portrait style, just Standard for people and Landscape for landscapes.


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Dec 14, 2013 04:05 |  #10

Walkundertherain wrote in post #16525566 (external link)
The Default Setting of Portrait Picture Style on Canon DSLR is 2,0,0,0. But is that default setting designed by Canon for Western People Skin (Europe, Amerian) instead Asian People skin???? What setting'll be better for asian people (Vietnam) skin?

North Vietnamese or South Vietnamese? ;)


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Dec 14, 2013 04:45 |  #11

For one of my granddaughters' skin, PS Landscape will most often lead to best reults. Never Portrait, for anybody.




  
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Dec 14, 2013 08:25 as a reply to  @ agedbriar's post |  #12

Color correcting for skin tones is best done "by the numbers" and with a little experience.

Here is a starting point, google skin tone by the numbers for more opinions

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Dec 14, 2013 08:27 |  #13

And if you are looking for good results SOC then white balance is at least as important as picture style.


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Dec 14, 2013 09:46 |  #14

Your best bet is to (1) profile and calibrate your monitor
(2) Calibrate your camera's sensor to a known standard by using an X-Rite ColorChecker or a ColorChecker Passport to create dual-illuminant profiles for your camera.
(3) Use the specific White Balance settings that match the lighting conditions you're shooting in; or better yet, create a custom white balance in your camera using a digital grey card.

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The Default Setting of Portrait Picture Style on Canon DSLR is 2,0,0,0. But is that default setting designed by Canon for Western People Skin (Europe, Amerian) instead Asian People skin???? What setting'll be better for asian people (Vietnam) skin?


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Dec 14, 2013 11:08 |  #15

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #16526142 (external link)
The biggest challenge is shooting black people next to white people in a dark environment ...

Thats just a matter of getting the exposure right and not letting the camera decide it for you. The meter will try and brighten the scene so the camera will want to overexpose the shot, all you need to do is apply some -ve EC, or shoot manual, and you're good to go. There's no challenge to that other than getting your exposure right and that is pretty straightforward.

You may have a challenge with a guy in a black suit and a woman in a white dress, in bright sunlight, as in order to hold the details in the dress you are likely to lose the detail in the suit, and vice versa. The same may be true with your skin tones, but that is a different situation and easily avoided by moving into the shade. It certainly wouldn't apply in "a dark environment".

Skin tones will be right for both, so long as your WB is correct (or corrected in raw) You don't need different settings for skin colour.

So long as you have your camera correctly set for the light falling on the subject, the skin tones should come out correctly whether the subject is black, white or green with purple spots. Having them all in the same shot makes no difference.




  
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