I have a Nikon D90. I have it set to Active D Lighting Auto on the D90. Most of my pictures are outdoors with high dynamic range. When I import the RAW into aperture the pictures appear over exposed and flat (jpegs appear fine). Another user in the D90 forum suggested Active D Lighting might be the culprit.
I bought (looks like wasted a couple of bucks) a preset to mimic Active D lighting but it makes the pictures look worse.
Any suggestions on creating a preset specific to Active D Lighting or is this a picture by picture adjustment. It appears the adjustments are exposure and highlights and shadows?
#1. "RE: Mimicing Active D Lighting" In response to Reply # 0
Active D lighting is just that, active. With it on, your camera changes the exposure and then generates curves for different parts of the image to adjust the highlights and shadows. This will be different from image to image.
Nikon's Capture NX2 ($$) and ViewNX2 (free) both can process this proprietary information, but other software like Aperture or Photoshop cannot.
If you want to use ADL and do postprocessing in other than Nikon software you should preprocess in NX2 or ViewNX2 and save as 16bit TIFF files for import into your other software.
#2. "RE: Mimicing Active D Lighting" In response to Reply # 1
Thanks for the tip. I'll experiment with not using active D-Lighting. Not sure I want to create 16bit tiff images; best option might be to shoot RAW+Jpeg. Maybe edit the RAW when the jpeg just not right.