Picture Controls are preset combinations of image processing settings that include sharpening, clarity, contrast, brightness, saturation, and hue. You can select a Picture Control to match the scene or customize settings to suit your creative intent.
Standard processing for balanced results. Recommended in most situations.
Minimal processing for natural results. Recommended for photos that will later be extensively processed or retouched.
Pictures are enhanced for a vivid, photoprint effect. Recommended for photos that emphasize primary colors.
Take monochrome photographs.
Pictures are processed for skin with natural texture and a rounded feel.
Produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes.
Choose for photographs that will later be extensively processed or retouched. Details are preserved over a wide tone range, from highlights to shadows..
The "Flat" Picture Control was originally intended for pictures that will later be retouched. The resulting low contrast and unsaturated colors make it a less appealing choice for day-to-day photography. Nevertheless, as designed it is good at preserving details in highlights and shadows. It can therefore be used to create custom Picture Controls that produce good-looking photos that also preserve details in highlights and shadows. You’ll need to pay attention to the following four parameters: sharpening, contrast, saturation, and clarity.
Compare pictures taken with the "Standard" Picture Control with those shot using the customized "Flat" Picture Control. The customized "Flat" control has more space at the ends of the histogram, showing that there is more detail in shadows and highlights.