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How to Shoot Best Jpg Pictures?

In previous articles, I explained Raw and Jpg pictures and how Raw images need post-processing. Therefore, for Raw post-processing, you need to use specialized software and techniques. Thus, it can be a time-consuming process and not that everyone has the software or technical knowledge. Therefore, for many photographers shooting jpg pictures is the only option. In this article, I discuss how to shoot the best jpg pictures using a camera’s hidden feature.

Shooting Best Jpg Pictures

In the film photography field, photographers have a choice of different films, not only different ISO but also a wide range of colour renditions. For instance, some photographers prefer Kodak films for skin tone and Fuji films for landscape. 

There is a hidden feature in our digital cameras, which allows us to achieve a variety of colour rendition, just like different films. 

Firstly, all digital cameras capture photos in Raw format, even though you have selected the jpg. Then the camera sends the raw file to the processor. The processor applies a certain amount of editing (Sharpness, noise reduction, colour correction, etc.) to the raw data and saves them as jpg in the memory card. 

One of the changes by the camera is colour rendition. For instance, you can set your camera to save the images in Monochrome (Black and White) or Sepia (the brownish tone images). Also, you can set the camera to make a photo more or less colourful. 

Secondly, if you shoot Raw format, you don’t see any of these effects. Therefore, these changes are for jpg pictures only.

Controlling the Colour Rendition in Jpg Pictures

Generally speaking, it is a feature of “Colour Prestes.” Camera manufacturers use different names for this feature. For instance, Nikon calls it “Picture Control” and Canon names it “Picture Style.” However, the function is the same. 

According to your camera made and model, you will find a few presets. 

Popular Colour Presets in Digital Cameras

 In this section, I will explain how to use a few of them to create the best jpg pictures.


Standard is the default setting of the camera. Clearly, the name explains what it does. In this setting, the camera applies a certain amount of sharpness, contrast, and colour saturation to the images. Under normal circumstances, this is the best setting.

Standard Colour Setting

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In Standard mode, camera apply certain adjustments to the image before saving as Jpg.


In this colour setting, the camera applies the sharpness and contrast to the images, but not the saturation. Thus, the result looks like a faded image.

Neutral Colour Setting

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camera apply a minimum adjustment, when set to Neutral Colour mode.

Vivid and or Landscape

In this setting, the camera applies the same amount of sharpness and contrast but enhances the colours even more. This is an ideal setting for taking scenery shots or taking pictures on a cloudy day. 

Vivid or Landscape Colour Setting

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Cameras apply more saturated colours in Vivid or Landscape modes.


In Vivid or Landscape mode, the camera boosts all colour channels (Red, Green, Blue.) Therefore, the skin tone would change and gets redder! To avoid this, select the Portrait mode. In this mode, the camera tries to maintain the skin tone.

Standard Colour Setting

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This is a standard picture setting.

Portrait Colour Setting

Same photo in Portrait Colour Mode
Same photo in Portrait Colour Mode


A comparison in different colour modes
A comparison in different colour modes


Basically, Monochrome is the Black and White photo. When you select the Monochrome mode, the camera will desaturate the colours. Therefore, the image turns into a Black and White picture.

Monochrome Colour Setting



I strongly suggest to take the photos in colour and convert them to Black and White using editing software. When the camera saves a desaturated picture, you cannot undo it and make it in colour later.

There are more camera’s hidden features. In our digital camera Bootcamp, I cover many more hidden features. 

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