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Canon® EOS 40D Digital Field Guide by Charlotte K. Lowrie

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Chapter 3. Color and Picture Styles

In This Chapter

  • About color spaces

  • Choosing a color space

  • Setting the white balance

  • Choosing and customizing a Picture Style

  • Registering a User-Defined Picture Style

  • Using the Picture Style editor

Never has the ability to get accurate color been as accessible as it is with digital photography. Color options begin in the camera by selecting a color space that matches your workflow. In addition, Canon offers Picture Styles that determine the default tonal curve, sharpness, color rendering, and saturation of images. A variety of Picture Styles that replicate traditional film looks or render color in different ways can be applied in the camera for JPEG capture, and either in the camera or after capture for RAW capture.

In terms of color, the White Balance options on the 40D are comprehensive and dependable, whether you prefer using the preset white balance settings, setting the color temperature yourself, or setting a custom white balance. In this chapter, you learn how each option is useful in different shooting scenarios as well as some widely used techniques for ensuring accurate color.

About Color Spaces

A color space defines the range of colors that can be reproduced and the way that a device such as a digital camera, a monitor, or a printer reproduces color. Of the two color space options offered on the 40D, the Adobe RGB color space is richer because it supports a wider gamut, or range, of colors than the sRGB color space option. And in digital photography, ...

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