I have a D40 and use a 35 mm 1.8 fixed lens indoors to take pictures of my new born son. I changed all the settings to what Ken Rockwell suggested on his blog , I was curious what everyone thought of that.
I tried to take Raw photos over the weekend, but figuring out how to use the manual modes of my camera, and trying to learn a photo software like Aperture to touch up each photo is a bit much right now. I'd rather take great photos (without much, if any at all, post production.)
I was curious what picture settings are considered to be the "agreed upon one for great photos of your kids, nice colors that "pop" for the D40. And if anyone (or everyone) is using all the suggested ideas given on Ken Rockwell's blog.
#1. "RE: What are your D40 settings? " In response to Reply # 0
This has to be one of the more personal subjects you could discuss. So I'll just tell you where I set mine. Optimize Image - Vivid Image Qual - JPEG Normal Image Size - Medium White Balance - (manually set for ambient) ISO - manual 800 with adjustments for conditions Noise - Off Focus - AF-S AF Area - Single (in the center) Shooting Mode - Single (easy enough to push the button again) Metering - Matrix That's pretty much it. Vivid should give you the 'pop' you're looking for. Medium and JPEG Normal don't eat up much memory space. Auto white balance can be great, but have seen it get fooled too many times. I like manual. ISO 800 provides a lot of flexibility under many conditions, and has (in my opinion) minimal effect on noise level at average reproduction sizes. You can always adjust for intended effects. I like to get my focus via the 'half shutter release', recompose, then shoot method. So, I want to know where the focusing area is at all times. To me, RAW is just overkill unless you are shooting professionally. Many post adjustments are available in JPEG mode. Good Luck
#2. "RE: What are your D40 settings? " In response to Reply # 0 Sun 09-Jan-11 01:44 PM by chewie
Petaling Jaya, MY
Tough to say. Pretty much depends on LOTS of things. Some of these are:
Style? Effect(s) that you may want? Using flash? Amount of ambient light? Mood that you want to produce? Etc.
For baby shots, I prefer a "soft" approach. This could mean, bounced lightings and not so aggressive settings. I prefer to have normal saturation, sharpening to medium high and tone to medium high, and slightly warmer tones than neutral grey to start off with. - If I'm using JPEG.
If I'm using RAW, Saturation is normal, sharpening is normal and so is the Tone set to normal.
I prefer to set it to normal saturation and try to have the skin tones looking as it is unless he/she has a very pale skin complexion.
#4. "RE: What are your D40 settings? " In response to Reply # 0
Yup, like I said, very personal subject. I got the impression that Rick was unimpressed with his results, and looking for more 'Pop'. Thought my settings would get him closer. On a D40, you have a point about the Large JPEG Fine, since it is a 6MP camera. I am used to the D80's with 10MP, and find that smaller works for my purposes. I don't shoot professional any more, thus don't print any 16x20's.