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Canon EOS 40D Guide to Digital Photography by David D. Busch

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Defining Picture Styles

Canon makes interpreting current Picture Style settings and applying changes very easy. The current settings are shown as numeric values on the menu screen shown in Figure 3.13. Some camera vendors use word descriptions, like Sharp, Extra Sharp, or Vivid, More Vivid that are difficult to relate to. The 40D’s settings, on the other hand, are values on uniform scales, with seven steps (from 1 to 7) for sharpness, and plus/minus four steps clustered around a zero (no change) value for contrast and saturation (so you can change from low contrast/low saturation, –4, to high contrast/high saturation, +4), as well as color tone (–4/reddish to +4/yellowish). (EOS 20D veterans will note that the earlier camera used coarser –2/+2 ...

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