As I began to understand what the colorists were doing, I adjusted my workflow to allow me to take advantage of the same concepts. I find that by using a flat, low contrast, low saturation picture style, when I process the RAW file I can bring out better detail and contrast, and avoid clipping in the highlights and shadows.
Choosing a Flat Picture Style
I had been shooting RAW for some time, but have left the Picture Style set to Standard or Landscape, for the most part. Once I saw this technique, I decided to change my picture style on my camera to Neutral (for Canon cameras) or Flat (on newer Nikons).
About Digital Photography School
Digital Photography School is a website with simple tips to help digital camera owners get the most out of their cameras. Darren Rowse is the guy behind Digital Photography School. He’s a digital photography enthusiast and while it’s not how he makes his living, he is the one in his friendship group and family that always seems to photograph the special occasions. He is still learning and improving his photography but likes to share what he’s learned so far.
This ‘School’ is not a formal one by any means. There are no classes, no teachers, no exams – rather it’s a learning environment. Also, unlike most schools, the information here is free. As this is a regularly updated site the best way to use it will be to follow it over time. The best way to do this will be to use one of our Subscription Options.