It’s only mid February but there are plenty of signs of spring here.
Which means a bit of a shift in palette from my photography – I’ve been shooting probably 90% monochrome and 10% muted colour since October.
The Pentax Q is very obliging with its array of settings. Most useful are Custom Image and Digital Filter, both easy to access via the main Info button.
Custom Image has options like Bright, Natural and Portrait, as well as more quirky ones like Bleach Bypass (which I use as the basis for my muted colour preset) and Reversal Film.
Each of these can be be further tweaked to different extents, some just the Sharpness, though most have Saturation, Toning, High/Low Key, Contrast and Sharpness adjustment.
Back in the main Info menu the Digital Filters include Toy Camera, High Contrast, Extract Colour, Colour, Fish Eye and more. Again, each of these can be further altered, including the intensity of the effect.
Better still, once you have found the combination of Custom Image and Digital Filter you like the look of (which in practice doesn’t take long once you get used to what they do), you can use the Quick Dial function on the front of the camera to save your settings in one of four slots.
Once set up, you just leave the Quick Dial on the setting number you saved under and you’re good to go.
With a combination of Reversal Film and Extract Colour – plus some fine tuning of each – I think I’ve found a look I like for spring, and possibly summer colours.
Nothing too saturated or digital looking, but more warm and atmospheric and film-like than a standard colour JPEG.
Plus spending a little time setting this up in camera (which really isn’t a chore with the friendly user interface of the Q) means no need for any post processing afterwards.
One of the major pluses of my DSLRs, the Pentax K10D and Samsung GX-1s, is the colours they produce with very little tweaking, just exporting from RAW to JPEG in LightRoom.
Given that I’ve boycotted LightRoom now anyway, the results I’m getting from the Q, and the fact it’s about a quarter of the size and weight of the K10D, I’m struggling to see when or indeed if the DSLRs might get dusted off and used again…
Do you change film type, in camera colour settings or processing approach when winter turns to spring? Or do you use a consistent colour palette throughout the year?
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