Wandering if someone can help me. I took a trip to the beach and it was an absolutely gorgeous day, took many, many pictures and when they were put on the computer they were just BLAH!!!! They were not absolutely saturated with color like what my eyes were seeing.
I changed the white balance to different settings and then the picture quality to Vivid. Nothing seemed to bring out the pictures and made them POP! What am I doing wrong?
Did you shoot RAW or JPEG? A sample photo with the EXIF information will provide a lot of information that can help determine the cause.
Were you shooting in Manual, Aperture, Shutter, Programmed or Auto mode? If Manual, what ISO, aperture and shutter speed were you using?
The most likely reason was your configuration. I've captured several thousand images with the D7000 and if I don't overexpose and blow out the highlights, I can easily get mine to "pop" with plenty of contrast and color saturation.
"Red is gray and yellow white, but we decide which is right ....and which is an illusion"
#8. "RE: Disappointed with the D7000" In response to Reply # 0 Sun 23-Sep-12 04:24 AM by Rassie
I adjusted your picture just a bit in terms of exposure, brightness, contrast, colour saturation to make it pop a bit more.
Since I always shoot raw I don't bother too much with how the pictures come out of the camera, knowing I'm going to have to edit them anyway. If you don't want to edit them, you'll have to experiment with camera settings until you find a combination that works well for you.
#9. "RE: Disappointed with the D7000" In response to Reply # 7
SF Bay, US
Remember that if you shoot in RAW, any in-camera picture settings such as boosted saturation, sharpness, etc... are not honored by Picasa, Lightroom, etc... Only Nikon's software (CaptureNX) keeps this data.
I use Lightroom, and usually 100% of the time I'm increasing overall saturation to about 20 or 30 on the slider, and clarity to about 10. And this is on the D7000 as well as my D300s.
#13. "RE: Disappointed with the D7000" In response to Reply # 10
You can use the vivid setting and increase sharpness internally. However to get good pictures constantly you should shot in RAW and then use a Post Processing program like Photoshop or NX2.
I think your expectation of having great shots out of the camera are unrealistic in many situations. The advantage of digital camera is that you can make adjustments that only the best custom film labs could even come close to.
#14. "RE: Disappointed with the D7000" In response to Reply # 10
Seattle, WA, US
If you are shooting JPG, try the vivid setting to start with. Basically you are looking to increase the saturation and contrast and sharpness settings. How much you increase them will be personal taste.
If you are shooting NEF, only Nikon's software will honor the above settings. All third-party NEF readers will require you to adjust them the settings manually, but most will allow you to save the settings as a starting point.
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#16. "RE: Disappointed with the D7000" In response to Reply # 0 Sun 23-Sep-12 11:37 PM by PAStime
>I changed the white balance to different settings and then the >picture quality to Vivid. Nothing seemed to bring out the >pictures and made them POP! What am I doing wrong?
Note that when I look at the EXIF data for the image example you posted it would appear that the Picture Control was set to Standard and not Vivid.
I scanned all other settings and all seems fine.
Congratulations on shooting manual mode by the way!
PhotoME version: 0.8ß2 (Build 891)
File type: JPEG File size: 279.6 KB Creation date: 09/09/2012 06:23 Last modification: 23/09/2012 19:29 Make: NIKON CORPORATION (http://www.nikon.com) Camera: NIKON D7000 Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-105mm F3.5-5.6G ED Software: Ver.1.03 Dimension: 800 x 530 px (0.4 MP, 3:2) Focal length: 105 mm (equiv. 157 mm) Aperture: F10 Exposure time: 1/320" ISO speed rating: 250/25° Program: Manual Metering Mode: Pattern White Balance: AUTO1 Focus Mode: AF-A Image Stabilizer: Off Noise Reduction: Off Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Envelope Record Version: Version 4 Coded Character Set: UTF-8 Application Record Version: Version 4 Creator: Picasa
Application Segment 0 (JFIF): 0x00000006 Application Segment 1 (Exif): 0x00000018 Application Segment 13 (Photoshop): 0x00003388 Encoder: Independent JPEG Group library (used by many applications), Quality: 98 and maybe some other software or cameras Encoder Signature: 95B6A316836182441B12039279872EC3:211111 Color Mode: RGB color Subsampling ratio of Y to C: YCbCr4:2:2 Encoding Process: Baseline DCT, Huffman coding Bits per Sample: 8 bps Image Height: 530 px Image Width: 800 px Number of image components in frame: 3 comp.
Manufacturer: NIKON CORPORATION Image input equipment model: NIKON D7000 Image resolution in width direction: 300 dpi Image resolution in height direction: 300 dpi Unit of X and Y resolution: inch Software: Ver.1.03 File change date and time: 2012-09-22 23:26:53 Person who created the image: Picasa Y and C positioning: Co-Sited Copyright holder: Exif IFD Pointer: 0x0000011C
Compression scheme: JPEG (old-style) Image resolution in width direction: 300 dpi Image resolution in height direction: 300 dpi Unit of X and Y resolution: inch Offset to JPEG SOI: 0x00000DF8 Bytes of JPEG data: 8945 bytes Y and C positioning: Co-Sited
Exposure time: 1/320" F number: F10 Exposure program: Manual ISO speed rating: 250/25° ??? (8830): 2 Exif version: 2.3 Date and time of original data generation: 2012-09-09 06:23:33 Date and time of digital data generation: 2012-09-09 06:23:33 Meaning of each component: YCbCr Image compression mode: 4 bpp Exposure bias: ±0 EV Maximum lens aperture: 5 Av (F5.6) Metering mode: Pattern Light source: Unknown Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode Lens focal length: 105 mm Manufacturer notes: 0x000003D0 User comment: DateTime subseconds: 0.3" DateTimeOriginal subseconds: 0.3" DateTimeDigitized subseconds: 0.3" Supported Flashpix version: 1.0 Color space: sRGB Image width: 800 px Image height: 530 px Interoperability IFD Pointer: 0x00000D58 Sensing method: One-chip color area sensor File source: Digital Camera Scene type: A directly photographed image CFA pattern: , Custom image processing: Normal process Exposure mode: Manual exposure White balance: Auto Digital zoom ratio: Digital zoom was not used Focal length in 35 mm film: 157 mm Scene capture type: Standard Gain control: None Contrast: Normal Saturation: Normal Sharpness: Normal Subject distance range: Unknown Unique image ID: 5c7d2268d2bf8255895c5e67f237d1d5
MakerNote Version: Version 2.1.0 ISO: 250/25° Quality: Fine White Balance: AUTO1 Focus Mode: AF-A Flash Setting: Normal Flash Type: None White Balance Fine Tune: ±0, ±0? White Balance Red/Blue: 2.078125, 1.37890625, 1, 1 Program Shift: ±0 EV Exposure Difference: ±0 EV Flash Exposure Compensation: ±0 EV ISO Setting: 250/25° Image Boundary: left: 0, top: 0, width: 4928, height: 3264 ??? (0017): 1.6.0 Flash Exposure Bracket Value: ±0 EV Exposure Bracket Value: ±0 EV Hi-Speed Crop: Off (4992x3280 cropped to 4992x3280 at pixel 0, 0) ??? (001C): 1.6 Serial Number: 3311866 Color Space: sRGB VR Info Version: 1.0.0 Vibration Reduction: Off ??? (001F): 2 (Off?) Active D-Lighting: Off Picture Control Version: 1.0.0 Picture Control Name: STANDARD Picture Control Base: STANDARD Picture Control Adjust: Default Settings Picture Control Quick Adjust: ±0 Sharpness: +3 Contrast: ±0 Brightness: ±0 Saturation: ±0 Hue Adjustment: ±0 Filter Effect: not set Toning Effect: not set Toning Saturation: Not set Time Zone: UTC -5:00 (New York, Toronto, Lima) Daylight Saving Time: Off Date Format: Day/month/year ISO: 252/25° ISO Expansion: Off ISO (2): 252/25° ISO Expansion (2): Off Distortion Info Version: 1.0.0 Auto Distortion Control: Off Lens Type: D, G, VR Lens: 18-105mm F3.5-5.6 Flash Mode: Did Not Fire Shooting Mode: Single-Frame Auto Bracket Release: Auto Release Lens F-Stops: 5.33 Noise Reduction: Off Color Balance Version: 2.1.6 Lens Data Version: 2.0.4 Used Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-105mm F3.5-5.6G ED Exit Pupil Position: 107.8 mm AF Aperture: F5.7 ??? (0098): 5 ??? (0098): 0 Focus Position: Infinite (0x05) ??? (0098): 64 Focus Distance: Infinite at 5.62 m Focal Length: 106.8 mm Lens ID Number: 158 Lens F-Stops: 5.33 Min Focal Length: 18.3 mm Max Focal Length: 106.8 mm Max Aperture At Min Focal: F3.6 Max Aperture At Max Focal: F5.7 MCU Version: 160 Effective Max Aperture: F5.7 ??? (0098): 19 ??? (0098): 108 ??? (0098): 26 ??? (0098): 108 ??? (0098): 0 ??? (0098): 0 ??? (0098): 0 ??? (0098): 1 ??? (0098): 7 ??? (0098): 0 ??? (0098): 0 ??? (0098): 0 ??? (0098): F1? Retouch History: None Image Data Size: 7215561 bytes ??? (00A3): 0 Shutter Count: 63 Vari Program: None Multi Exposure Data Version: 1.0.0 Multi Exposure Mode: Off Multi Exposure Shots: 0 Multi Exposure Auto Gain: Off High ISO Noise Reduction: Normal AF Info Version: 1.0.0 ??? (00B7): 0 AF Area Mode: Auto-area AF ??? (00B7): 0x0 Auto Focus: 0x3 ??? (00B7): 4 File Informations Version: 1.0.0 Directory Number: 100 File Number: 0061
Interoperability Identification: R98: DCF basic file (sRGB) Interoperability Version: 1.0 Related image width: 4928 px Related image height: 3264 px
JFIF Version: 1.01 Units for the X and Y densities: No units, X and Y specify the pixel aspect ratio Horizontal pixel density: 1 Vertical pixel density: 1 Thumbnail horizontal pixel count: Not set Thumbnail vertical pixel count: Not set
#20. "RE: Disappointed with the D7000" In response to Reply # 18 Tue 25-Sep-12 12:21 PM by J_Harris
Ken (four eighty sparky) mentioned EXIF readers that can be downloaded from the Internet.
Probably the two most popular that have been mentioned/used by members is Opanda and PhotoME. It looks like Peter (PAStime) in post #16 is using PhotoME.
I have both installed, Panda looks pretty and is simple to read and understand, however I have settled on PhotoME. It has more information but is in a spreedsheet format and a little more complicated to use, until you get used to it. Unfortunately it has been a while since either program has been updated, but they still work fine using Windows and they are free.
You can use the links below to download either one.
#21. "RE: Disappointed with the D7000" In response to Reply # 20 Tue 25-Sep-12 01:49 AM by PAStime
Yup, I am using PhotoMe. Great program. Price is the best! I can right-click on an image in my Firefox web browser and bring up all of that information you see in my post #16. It also shows the focus points that the camera used. I also added an export option to Lightroom that fires up PhotoMe and shows me the EXIF of the image in question.
Apologies to all too about post #16. It is very lengthy but I thought that seeing the data would help with our diagnosis.
#26. "RE: Disappointed with the D7000" In response to Reply # 24
Capture/View NX2 and a stand-alone EXIF reader have entirely different purposes.
Most people will use an EXIF reader to simply look at a photo either on the web or their hard drive for analysis/diagnostics or just curiosity - not post processing like you would use Capture/View NX2 for.