How to choose right picture control?
Basic Photography
December 14, 2016

In today’s world of digital photography, Picture Controls gives a photographer the ability to lend a specific look to images.

Either you can use Picture Controls as they are provided from the factory settings, or you can tune the Brightness,Contrast,Sharpening, Hue and Saturation. The awesome thing about Picture Controls is that they can be shared. So if you tweak your Picture Control settings and save it under a name, you can then share your control settings with other users.




Standard is suitable for portraits, snapshots, landscapes or any other type of photography. Standard Picture Control gives you balanced images and is good if you don’t plan to post process the image. You can adjust contrast,brightness, sharpening, hue,and saturationindividually. If you need to shoot JPEG images in a studio or an event, the standard control is what you need to seriously consider.


Neutral will deliver images closest to the original scenario. It is the best option for an image that will be extensively post processed. It also has a balanced image setting, but it will apply minimal camera processing so you’ll have more options to play around with the image during post processing. Neutral can be used reproduce the subject’s gradation, unique colours with maximum authenticity and avoid extreme enhancements. Compared to Standard, Neutral gives a more soothing overall impression.


Compared to Standard, Vivid will process a more glamorous overall impression. It can be used for colourful and fresh looking images with just the right emphasis on your subject’s contrast and sharpening. It’s ideal for situations if you wish to emphasize on primary colours, such as city streets,fashions, fruits and floral nature. With Vivid Picture, you can adjust contrast, brightness, sharpening, hue, and saturation individually. Quick Adjust enables easy and balanced adjustments.




Monochrome picture control allows the black and white lovers to shoot in toned black and white. The control basically removes the colour by the process of desaturation. It’s still an original RGB colour image, but the colours have changed into levels of grey. Be careful, since it does not look the same as black and white film.


Portrait Uses Neutral picture control as its base, it will impart more natural appearing skin, so the skin tone is more lifelike, clear and has an authentic finish. It will give you an image that looks like it was shot with professional film.


Landscape will help you produce more visible intensity than the Standard picture control. In comparison to Vivid, Landscape will create more relaxed colours, soothing, effective for any nature photography; for images that have rich gradations and enhanced vibrancy.


Flat will provide minimal dramatization while letting you preserve the material characteristics. Compared to Neutral picture control, the finish will show less contrast and will not look as lively as it is. Flat is widely used when shooting video. When you add some adjustment to the video after shooting, blocked up shadows, overblown highlights or excessive colour saturations rarely occur, it will help you to enable rich tonality of colour and brightness. With the heavy information from shadow areas to highlight, flat mode is recommended when you are shooting a scene with post shoot adjustments in mind.

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