Camera Basics: What Are Color Profile Settings and How Do They Affect Your Photos? (Video)

Back in the days when 35mm cameras were king, photographers typically chose film to suit the situation at hand; perhaps Kodachome 25 or Velvia 50 for landscapes with vivid colors, and something like Kodak Portra 400 for portraits when a less punchy look was desired.

With modern digital cameras you can do much the same thing by selecting the proper in-camera Color Profile setting for the specific scene you are shooting. In the quick video below, British photographer and training specialist David Robbins walks you through the process in less than seven minutes.

Robbins explains the various Color Profiles (or “Picture Settings") found within the menus of most modern cameras, and he demonstrates how they can save you time by eliminating the need to adjust the colors of your photographs later in Photoshop or another image-editing program.

As usual, Robbins illustrates this tutorial with images he shoots on location as the video proceeds. You can find more how-to tips on The Photographer Academy YouTube channel, and sure to watch the primer from Robbins we posted last week on how to use your camera’s exposure compensation settings for more precise results.