The DSLR cameras these days seem to have way too many features and sadly most of these remain unused because people do not even understand why they must be used! It almost seems like the manufacturer promises to load the next camera with 15 new features and so the engineers work to somehow have those features, irrespective of whether they would be of any use or not. The Nikon D5200 also has a number of these features that are used by very few people actually. However, not all of these features are just there for show and some of them are really intelligent and useful. The Selective Color feature is among them. With the help of this feature, you can make parts of the picture colorful and parts of it monochromatic.
We all know that such an edit can be done on Photoshop as well. So what makes the Selective Color feature so unique? First and foremost, you can make the edit on the camera itself without having to transfer the picture on to the computer to use Photoshop. This saves a lot of your time and energy. Then, unlike in Photoshop, where you have to manually select and draw around the edges of the areas you want colored or non-colored, here you can simply select a color and the camera will automatically do the job for you. What happens here is pretty simple. Say for example you have shot an image of a flower vase with different colored flowers. Now you only want the red color to show. All you have to do then is select the RED option and automatically the non-red areas of the image will go monochromatic. Cool, isn’t it? You can choose the color you want from among the options displayed at the top of the screen and go from one color to the other without any problems whatsoever.
The Nikon D5200 is an easy to use camera and the MENU is pretty straightforward. The Selective Color option is found in the Retouch Menu. To reach it, you have to switch on the camera and then press Menu, followed by Retouch Menu and then proceed to the Selective Color option. Once there, you have to select the image from the gallery and then apply the color changes you want. If you want to get a closer look of the image (or objects in the image, say a painting on the wall), you can use the zoom button to take a closer look. Once you are sure of the colors, select the color you want to retain in the image and process it. If it is an indoor shot, make sure there are no outdoor objects that are visible in the image, or else those may take up the color and make your picture look strange!
The Selective Color feature can be applied to both still images as well as videos. For the videos, though you have to reach it through the Mode Dial, as it is not available in the Retouch Menu.
While this is something that you can easily do with software such as Photoshop, it cannot be denied that the Selective Color feature is quite revolutionary and a very useful one indeed. It gives you a greater control over your edits and you do not have to depend on external software to get the desired effect. It is also fairly easy to do and you can have fun editing your images as the edited image gets saved as a new photo and the original image stays put as well. So go on and give it a try today!