How do you set your camera in settings to TAKE photos that come out with the skin looking more tanned and bronzed than in real-life? Instead of changing the photo afterwards. Preferably Canon, but any other camera is fine.
Something like this:
You might be tempted to change the overall color cast by lying to the camera about the ambient white balance, but that will be very tricky to get right and to reliably repeat.
The answer is to do this in post-processing. The job of the camera is to capture as much information about the scene as possible. If that is done well, then you have a lot of latitude about how to present some subset of that information in your final picture. That could include masking and performing operations on only parts of the image, for example. That is impossible to explain to a camera how to do, especially before the picture is taken.
Cameras are not for retouching or as a substitute for post-processing. Some consumer-oriented cameras do have limited processing capabilities. However, these are for appealing to the kind of people that buy a point and shoot in the first place. These features are for the unsophisticated consumer that actually believes "just press this magic button to make great pictures". These features are also a very poor subset of what is available in any decent post-processing app.
Let us try to "Correct" the image to reverse engineer it:
The first visible thing is that the image is strongly underexposed. It has a low saturation on the colors.
Viewing human skin tones on a chromatic circle turns to be in one zone in the hue view. I do not see a real deviation on the hue of the skin. So my first attempt would not be tweaking the white balance.
But there is a bit of green on the shadows. This green indicates to me that the effect is a post process. modifying the curves.
I would be tempted to play with underexposed images, but with the drawback of losing detail on the shadows. If you later want to see a "normal" image you will have those details lost.
It depends on your camera, and how much work you want to invest on it.
For example, if you use a Canon EOS DSLR, there's a feature called
Picture Styles, that are actually RAW development presets that your camera use to develop your shots.
I guess that other makers, say Nikon, Sony or Pentax, will have something similar, but since I use Canon DSLRs, I can't say anything about them. Anyways, you can find some information here.
You're not limited to default preset, since Canon provides a software called
Picture Style Editor that comes with your camera that lets you create a developing preset that you can load on your camera, and select from the
Picture Style menu.
Picture Style Editor you can set contrast curves, sharpness, and selectively tune hue, saturation and lightness for each color. For deatils see:
Once you create a
picture style, you load it on your camera, activate it from camera menus, and your custom settings will be used by the camera to create JPEG shots.
The same preset will also be saved inside RAW files, and will be used to create the RAW preview image, but only Canon's
Digital Photo Professional (DPP) application will be able to find it and apply it when you develop an image.
When you use
Digital Photo Professional to develop a RAW file, the first thing it does is to apply your chosen
picture style to the image, so it will be your starting point for any following work.
If you shoot RAW, and prefer to use something different than Canon software, you'll see that any other software like
Corel AfterShot Pro usually will ignore camera defined
picture style, and you'll need to apply your edits inside of them (I think they can't read that data from the RAW file).
As you can see in the screenshot, Lightroom uses its own "camera profile", that's different from your default camera manufacturer's profiles, and doesn't even list your custom
So, for example, you may need to create a
Lightroom development preset to apply your desired look to your RAW shots. This is what most of the people do, and it's why they don't care at all about
Picture styles can be useful, mostly if you work with very limited time, and you need to quickly provide JPEG images for newspapers as a photo journalist, or as photographic evidence.
You take the time to create a
picture style that's good for your needs, you do it once, you select it in your camera, shoot in JPEG, send photos to your boss, and that's it.
For any other professional use, you usually shoot in RAW, and need to use a computer to cull, add metadata, organize and edit your shots to fine tune at least composition, colors and exposure.
Professional software like
Corel AfterShot Pro or
Capture One Pro let you create several development presets that you can apply to your images as you import them, and tune as you need, in a non-destructive way, looking on a big screen that's usually better than your small camera back screen. They give you a lot more control and more creative options.
So I think it's better shoot RAW and to choose a "neutral"
picture style inside your camera (Canon's "Standard" one is fine), and use it only to check in camera for sharpness, composition and exposure. And create a preset inside your photo editing software so you can get get your custom look and tune it as necessary, from shoot to shoot.
The simplest method is changing color temperature. Different cameras have different ways to change color balance, so consult your camera manual or just find the right knob. If you can't do this in camera, shoot raw, these things are better done in post processing – you have more time and changes you make can be tweaked or completely undone.