This is something that is not covered in the Beginner level class but it really a useful tool and so easy.
On the Canon DSLR there is a “picture style” setting in the menu. For Nikon it is called “picture control” The setting will give you options for Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, and user defined options. Pictured left is how the menu option appears on my Canon 7D.
What do these mean? Well experiment and find out,
I use three regularly. I use the portrait mode for shooting portraits, so the skin tones are exposed and rendered properly. I also use the landscape mode when I am shooting landscapes and flowers. This mode saturates the colors, makes the greens greener and the other colors more vivid. Lastly, I do use the monochrome setting when I see an image that would look great as a black and white. When using the last mode, I always shoot it in color and black and white.
So go have fun and play with your picture styles and controls.
Below are some photos I have taken with the landscape mode.