Best 8 Default Camera Settings For Landscape Photography You Can Try

Overall, Adobe RGB gives you much more color information to display across various media, that’s why it’s another adjustment I set immediately after I get a new camera.

4. Adjust picture style

I often make a one time adjustment to set my default picture style to “Landscape” and change camera’s default definition of “Landscape” – by boosting sharpness and contrast.  This only will affect the Jpeg photos the camera takes.  “Well, you shoot in RAW only, why bother to change this?” you might ask.  I forgot to mention that the adjustment also will affect the photo display on the camera’s LCD screen.  Since I post process my RAW files in the computer, consistently with increased sharpness and contrast for landscape photos, I want the photos I see on the camera screen to look similar to what my post processed images.

Another reason is camera specific.  Canon 5D MarkIII has a HDR function, which stacks together several photos with different exposure settings into one high dynamic range photo.  Usually, for photos taken by other cameras, the HDR stacking has to be completed in photo software on the computer, not directly in the camera like Canon 5D Mark III does.  I have several generations of Canons cameras before I used Canon 5D MarkIII.  It’s a unique and interesting function that I like.  However the output of this in-camera stacking is only in Jpeg format.  In another word, I won’t be able to convert this Jpeg into RAW after importing the HDR photos produced by my camera.  Therefore the in camera picture style adjustment with increased sharpness and contrast is particularly helpful for me to “retouch” the photos directly in the camera.  They typically stay as is after I import them into my hard drive because I seldom retouch Jpeg files.


5. Enable exposure simulation

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