Bob Coates has done a number of guest posts here at SCU. Well, he keeps finding some serious features in the LUMIX family that blend in perfectly with various challenges from different situations/conditions. Today, he's sharing some great examples of things you can do with in-camera editing and the Illustrative Art setting.
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Here are some examples where they can come in quite handy. You are working in the studio and have complete control over your lighting and you are running a special on sepia tone prints and want to turn the product over quickly with a crafted look. You can take the sepia tone pre-set (or build your own) and make it a custom setting. The images can move directly from the camera to the computer. Then with only resizing, adding a slight vignette and some sharpening off it goes to the printer.
Working for a gritty B&W look for a cityscape study or musician image?
Just set yourself free to experiment. I keep finding more ways to use the presets than I ever thought possible. I even add them to video for some interesting looks. Check out this little slice of a New York intersection with the setting Illustrative Art on the Lumix GX7. I call this a New York Minute.
One thing to remember is to save the image as a jpeg if you want the camera to apply its preset goodness. If you set your camera to save your images only as RAW files you will see the images that way when reviewing images on the back of the camera, but only get a glimpse of the preset processing when you import your images into the computer. Saving a file as RAW gives you the information that was presented to the camera, not the camera processed jpeg.
The best of all worlds is to shoot while saving RAW + jpeg then you get the jpeg processed file and you can go back to the original information to process the file to your heart’s content. Wait! You could even blend the jpeg file with new information from the RAW file to add to the fun… But, that’s another article.
Yours in Photography,
These were all shot with variations of Illustrative Art setting