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jimmydj Registered since 02nd Nov 2013Sat 02-Nov-13 07:57 PM
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I've been doing a lot of shooting lately with my d60 and my last session I shot landscapes in raw,but think ill Jus stick to jpeg fine after review at 100% in PhotoShop some the pics were blurry some were better than others I'm editing in PhotoShop but Im not sure if I'm fully utilizing my cam. Any help on settings,autofocus,metering etc. I Jus feel on landscapes I should b getting better results initially from the camera Thx a lot. If anybody responds

  

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Mon 04-Nov-13 12:04 AM
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>... after review at 100% in PhotoShop some the pics
>were blurry some were better than others I'm editing in
>PhotoShop ... I Jus feel on
>landscapes I should b getting better results initially from
>the camera .

If you are shooting raw/NEF files and using non-Nikon software to process them, you are not getting "results initially from the camera." While all the Picture Control settings (including sharpening) are written to the NEF file, only Nikon's software read these settings. Any Third-party software applies their own settings to the images instead.

JPG files have the Picture Control settings baked into the picture by the camera. By the time non-camera software sees the image, the image is what it is, with much less room for major editing.

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jimmydj Registered since 02nd Nov 2013Tue 05-Nov-13 04:57 AM
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Wow Thx for the info I guess I should run images through some NIKON software before PS .

  

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Covey22 Moderator Expert in various fields including aviation photography Awarded for his contributions to the Resources and The Nikonian eZine Charter MemberTue 05-Nov-13 01:43 PM
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Regardless of your choice in Post-Processing Software, it is always more optimal to sharpen after uploading, rather than setting it the camera. For starters, the LCDs even on the best cameras, are more useful for checking composition, framing, timing etc., and a *gross* check of WB and color (not finetuned). Everything else should be done on a bigger, preferably color-checked screen (i.e., your PC). Just remember - it is easier to ADD contrast and sharpening to a photo in post-process, but it is very difficult to REMOVE it (without some destructive effects), especially when you've set it in the camera.

Edited to add: Sharpening is also a relative function to the size of the photo in it's final form. In other words, if you're just showing it on the web, there's a certain level of sharpening that is optimal. That level will be different if you're printing it, and different again depending upon the size of the print - i.e., 5x7 versus 8x10. There is no magical global sharpening setting.

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