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Color Accent Mode

Your guide to digital camera scene modes

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Of all of the Color Modes available in my Canon PowerShot camera, the Color Accent Mode is the most unusual.



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Used properly, it can transform a blah, everyday subject into something unique. This mode allows you to select one (and only one) color that will be recorded in its correct hue. All other colors are converted to monochrome.

For example, if you were to use the Color Accent Mode to photograph an orange-haired clown and chose orange as the accent color, the result would be a black-and-white clown with flaming orange hair. Think of it as being similar to a scientist adding dye to a microscope slide to emphasize particular details.

To be sure, it’s not the easiest mode to master, and not one you’ll be using everyday. However, if you want to add a taste of the bizarre to your slide shows and screen savers—the kind of image that makes people ask “Hey! How did you do that?” Then learning the Color Accent Mode is worth the effort.


Want to learn more about scene modes? Visit the Canonical List of Digital Camera Scene Settings.

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