Z 7 & Z 6

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Enhancing Photos and Other Images to Produce the Results You Want: Picture Controls

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Photos: Akane Matsushita

The camera features the following 20 “Creative Picture Controls” that add unique flavor to photos and movies. You can adjust the strength of each effect (expressed as a value between 0 and 100 and adjustable in increments of 10).

Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon

Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday

Picture Control: Standard
Picture Control: Dream
Picture Control: Morning

A gentle effect that generates a sense of warmth in the midst of lightness. It adds a light amber cast, brightening shadows and softening outlines for pictures that are silky soft."

This effect produces the feel of a picture taken in the crisp morning air. This refreshing impression is achieved by slightly brightening shadows and adding an overall blue cast for a sense of transparency."

Picture Control: Pop
Picture Control: Sunday

Brings out colorful hues and textures more clearly. With the highest value for “Saturation” of all the Creative Picture Controls, it produces a brighter mood while highlighting the different colors present in the subject."

Choose this option for the wide-open feel of pictures taken early on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Contrast is increased and highlights are dramatically brightened, heightening the subject’s impact."

Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached

Picture Control: Standard
Picture Control: Somber
Picture Control: Dramatic

An effect tinged with the sadness and the tranquility one feels after the rain. Saturation is raised and brightness lowered for hues that are clear yet subdued."

Light and shade are emphasized for a dignified mood that is dark overall but with bright highlights. A good choice for those who want dramatic lighting.

Picture Control: Silence
Picture Control: Bleached

This effect replicates the feel of empty, lonely spaces. Saturation is reduced for gentle, tranquil pictures."

Lends pictures an austere, metallic effect by reducing saturation and adding a green cast. The results, similar to “bleach-bypass” processing, capture details clearly.

Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy

Picture Control: Standard
Picture Control: Melancholic
Picture Control: Pure

A retro, slightly languorous effect produced in part by a magenta color cast. Saturation and sharpening are reduced for a softer effect.

Pictures appear to be taken through a veil that softens and purifies. A sense of composure is achieved by applying a blue cast over the entire image but particularly in highlights and shadows.

Picture Control: Denim
Picture Control: Toy

Denim Hues are given a pronounced blue cast. Saturation is increased and blues shifted toward cyan, making any blue colors in the subject more pronounced.

Toy A charming toy camera effect. Saturation is increased and blues shifted toward indigo for a deeper, calmer effect than is typical of toy cameras.

Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink

Picture Control: Standard
Picture Control: Sepia
Picture Control: Blue

An old-timey effect achieved through the use of monochrome sepia tints that can be adjusted as desired.

A cool, forlorn yet calming blue effect that sometimes approaches cyanotype. Tints can be adjusted as desired.

Picture Control: Red
Picture Control: Pink

Reds are emphasized for unique, clumpy, retro effect similar to that produced by redscale film. Tints can be adjusted as desired.

A soft, sweetly romantic effect achieved through the application of a pink color cast that can be made even pinker and sweeter if desired. Tints can be adjusted to your taste.

Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon

Picture Control: Standard
Picture Control: Charcoal
Picture Control: Graphite

Charcoal tints are used for soft monochrome pictures that preserve details in highlights and shadows. Sharpness is reduced to add softness to what would otherwise be a cold, black-and-white world.

Light is captured through the use of sharp outlines and comparatively glossy blacks. Sharpness and contrast are raised for forceful, high-contrast monochrome images.

Picture Control: Binary
Picture Control: Carbon

Choose for sharp, almost duotone monochrome pictures that sacrifice detail in order to emphasize the main subject, bringing to life a more forceful and original world consisting solely of black and white.

Gradations based on black are used for a solid, massy, under-exposed effect emphasizing blacks for those who wish to add a sense of dignity to their pictures.

Thanks to: Manyo Club, Yokohama Minato-Mirai

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