EMP (RESEARCH) – Canon Picture Styles and GoPro

canon picture styles

What are Canon Picture Styles?Canon Picture Styles

Looking through the menu for your Canon Camera (In Manual Mode is best) you’ll find the menu heading ‘Picture Style’.

Picture Styles set among other things the dynamic range for your pictures and videos. Some are obvious in what they do or what they are for, for example Portrait, Landscape and Monochrome. Then we can see there are 3 labelled User Def 1, User Def 2 and User Def  3 and these can be modified by the user. When I say modified you are able to upload Picture Styles using the EOS Utility Software that came with your camera. (NB: If you’ve upgraded your MAC to Mountain Lion this does not work install the upgraded utility software first) Refer to your camera manual for the process for installing new picture styles or this site has a good guide EOS Network.

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Canon Picture Styles are useful for example when you want to create a look in your videos without having to colour grade in post production as it’s all done in the camera. This is really of benefit when you are in a hurry to upload your latest creation to YouTube or get it in front of a client in a rush. While editing in your camera is generally not advised sometimes it’s more important to get the video online as quickly as possible an example would be for a News article.

Technicolor Cinestyle

Using this picture style gives you a flat image but with a wide dynamic range this is most like shooting your video in RAW and is the most compatible between different Canon camera so if for example you had a 600D and a 60D the footage should be fairly close from both camera using this picture style.

Personally this is not my favourite option, it’s dynamic range maybe the best but there’s no warmth in the video it’s too flat. Also due to the dark image in the Liveview display it’s very hard to get good focussing, particularly for low light scenes.

Flaat_10 & Flaat_11 Picture Styles

I’m new to these picture styles but on first use I’m quite pleased by the vivid colours these produce although again not the best option for low light conditions.

Filming using the Flaat_10 Picture Style and the GoPro

I used this picture style for the first time on Monday 4th March 2013 for the filming of the RELAYS Training session at Winton College. The colours looked great but the footage itself was not the best and low light levels meant the footage was grainy if colourful.I’m looking forward to using these picture styles outside in good lighting as I’m sure this is where they will perform at their best.

We also fitted one of the trainees with the GoPro using the headstrap. Although it worked the footage again was not very usable as the sports being filmed required the participants to look down so we have lots of footage of the floor of the gym and a low flying ball. This is an ongoing issue with using the GoPro you never know what you are going to get until your upload the footage to the computer. Sometimes it’s just stunning but most of the time it’s unusable. Solutions – using the LCD back helps to setup the shot and fixing the GoPro to something that does not move around to much really helps.

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