Picture styles, as stated by Canon Inc., are "preset yet adjustable parameters that determine how your EOS DSLR will process and render its images". As far as I know, most Canon DSLRs come preloaded with several tweakable Picture Styles including Standard, Portrait, Landscape and more. These Styles offer a good working foundation for videographers in need of a quick theme or setting to optimise editing in post, for example. Of course, if you're not happy with your camera's in-built Picture Styles, you can always make your own. Using the User Def. 1-3 options in your Picture Style menu, you can modify the Sharpness, Contrast etc. of an in-built Picture Style and save it for later use. Customised Picture Styles may also be created using the Canon Picture Style Editor or downloaded from websites like this one (Canon Picture Styles), this one (Technicolor's Cinestyle Profile) or this one (Marvel Film's Cine Picture Style). Follow these 10 steps to install a Picture Style on your Canon DSLR (NB: The following instructions were written for EOS Utility Version 2.13.0 on a Windows 7 PC).:
1. Download or create a Picture Style.
2. Download and install the latest version of the Canon EOS Utility from here. You will need to specify a camera model to access the download page, even though the EOS Utility software is identical for all models.
3. Connect your camera to your computer via USB and turn the camera on.
4. Open the EOS Utility.
5. On the Menu Page, click 'Camera Settings/Remote Shooting'.
6. On the window that pops up, click the red camera icon.
7. In the Shooting Menu, click on 'Register User Defined style'.
8. The 'Register Picture Style File' window appears. Select the tab you want to save your Picture Style under (i.e. User Def. 1, 2 or 3) then click the 'Open File' button.
9. Navigate to the Picture Style you downloaded/created earlier and click 'Open'. In the image below, I am uploading Marvel Film's Cine Picture Style to User Def. 1.
10. Click 'OK'. The Picture Style will be uploaded to your camera.
NB: To delete a Picture Style from the camera, you must select 'Clear Settings' under the Camera Settings 3 icon in the Menu (yellow spanner with three dots). This is the only way to remove a Picture Style.
For more information on Canon Picture Styles, visit this link: http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/app/pdfs/quickguides/CDLC_PictureStyles_QuickGuide.pdf
Tim Szewczyk -