Image controls are usually more related to digital compact cameras and entry-level DSLRs, since these cameras feature different recording modes. These recording modes, such as portrait, landscape, sports etc feature different preset image control settings as a part of the recording mode settings (together with aperture, shutter speed, ISO and the rest). Image controls are significant as they can drastically change the look and feel of the final jpeg image. Unlike aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings, image controls are applied in the in-camera photo post-processing phase and therefore do not affect the photos recorded in RAW.
Image controls include: Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, and most digital cameras already come with some presets. Playing with these presets can greatly enhance the impact of your photos. In example, if you look at the macro of the flower to the left, you will notice that by simply altering the image mode (image control setting on pentax k-7) from bright (default) to vibrant, has completely changed the color and the impact of the blue flower photo (below). So our tip of the week is:
“Explore Image controls for more vibrant pictures!”
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