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Picture Styles in Practice

Following are a couple of suggestions to get you started working with Picture Style. You need to spend some time experimenting with different combinations and parameters to create effects that you like (see Figures 6 and 7).

Figure 6 Canon's Picture Style makes a big difference. The bottom image was processed with the Standard Picture Style, and the top one with the Landscape Picture Style. You may have to look closely to see the difference—the top image has more intense blues.

Figure 7 Combining Picture Style and white balance. Both images were processed with the Portrait Picture Style. The image at left shows the result of using auto white balance. The image at right shows how much difference you can get by changing the shade of the white balance setting. The color of the portrait is warmer and the skin tones look much better.

To get the most out of Picture Styles, you need to understand how they work in harmony with the white balance settings. Portraits provide a good example; you can set the Picture Style control to Portrait and the white balance to Shady to get warm, flattering portraits. Try this technique and see whether you like the results. If you're taking landscape photos, try the Landscape Picture Style with a Cloudy white balance to warm up the photo.

Remember, you always have the option to change the parameters of the Picture Style. You can try increasing (or decreasing) the contrast, or experiment with decreasing the color saturation. There are lots of creative possibilities.

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