Canon 10D - Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation settings

Discussion in 'Canon' started by nk, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. nk

    nk Guest

    Does anyone know of any web sites that talk about the Canon 10D - Contrast,
    Sharpness and Saturation settings? The 10D manual does not offer much
    information on it and at a photo class this weekend the speaker was not very
    fond of the settings in any of the cameras.

    Thanks.

    Nath Kaplan
     
    nk, Mar 8, 2005
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  2. nk

    paul Guest


    Do your own experiments. Try a series of the same scene with different
    settings and compare them. Then you will really know what's happening. I
    doubt anyone has a tutorial with samples to show as well as you could.

    As others mentioned, doing these in-camera is a timesaver to avoid later
    processing at the cost of limiting later processing capability. With the
    D70, (I think) those settings only apply in one of the preset modes
    (green, P, sports, etc) not in A, S, or Manual. So that's OK if you
    chose one of those modes, you get the quick-n-easy, or you can shoot
    more manually & have more latitude or raw for even more. I generally
    like max sharpening & some contrast boost but for low light, high ISO,
    the sharpening is a no-no & for high contrast scenes, the contrast
    should not be increased.

    BTW with RAW, you set all those things as a default, then change if it's
    a special situation. For most pics in good lighting, the defaults are
    great & it could have been processed in-camera. It's the 'difficult'
    situations where you should worry about switching to RAW or at least
    turning off in-camera adjustments.
     
    paul, Mar 9, 2005
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  3. As others are saying, try shooting RAW until you are used to the
    settings. This allows you to set the sharpness/contrast/saturation
    AFTER taking the photo so you can experiment - in JPEG mode you're stuck
    with the setting you chose at the time.

    By the way, people often regard a setting of 0/0/0 to be 'neutral' or
    'flat'. In fact, this setting applies boosted
    sharpness/contrast/saturation to the image. If you want as near to an
    unprocessed image as possible, use settings of -2/-2/-2 - even with
    these values, some sharpening has been done! If you do this, the images
    will almost certainly need post-processing but you then have full
    control over how it is done rather than relying on fixed preset values.
    It's more work, though...
     
    Graeme Cogger, Mar 9, 2005
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  4. You're absolutely correct - sorry if I was causing confusion. The
    settings I was talking about are the ones you apply when you process the
    RAW file on the PC.
    In other words, you can either shoot in JPEG and have to set
    sharpness/contrast/saturation before you shoot; or you can shoot in RAW
    and experiment with the sharpness/contrast/saturation after the image is
    on the computer.
     
    Graeme Cogger, Mar 9, 2005
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