"Change in Shooting Pattern with D800" Sun 08-Apr-12 03:55 PM by DigitalDarrell
In the past I have shot almost exclusively in NEF (RAW) format with my Nikons. However, due to the large file size from the D800, I find that for general, everyday shooting I am now using JPEG fine, with Optimal quality JPEG compression.
Most of my JPEGs are from 8–13 MB with a few complex ones going as high as 24 MB. The D800 seems to shoot a little hotter than previous Nikons, with the histogram often touching the edge of the light side or even mildly clipping. I like that a lot for shooting in RAW since the histogram is based on an in-camera JPEG, and the RAW file has more highlight headroom. I have not found the mild highlight clipping to have a bad effect on the JPEG images.
I am well pleased with the exposures in this camera and have experienced not even a single underexposure or major overexposure. JPEGs are now a satisfying part of my daily "fun" shooting. RAW will still be my mainstay for my best work.
The D800 has made photography more fun for me. I can't explain exactly why, except for the feeling I have of using a medium-format level 35mm camera. The images are marvelous!
#2. "RE: Change in Shooting Pattern with D800" In response to Reply # 0 Sun 08-Apr-12 04:52 PM by Arkayem
Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US
> >In the past I have shot almost exclusively in NEF (RAW) format >with my Nikons. However, due to the large file size from the >D800, I find that for general, everyday shooting I am now >using JPEG fine, with Optimal quality JPEG compression.
I have been doing exactly the same thing for all my non-critical and personal shots. I still shoot wedding ceremonies and formals in raw, though.
>... I have not found the mild highlight clipping to have >a bad effect on the JPEG images.
I have found exactly the same thing. I found that turning on Active D-Lighting in the 'High' or 'Extra High' setting helps a lot.
>The D800 has made photography more fun for me. I can't explain >exactly why, except for the feeling I have of using a >medium-format level 35mm camera. The images are marvelous!
I totally agree. I used to shoot with a medium format Mimiyaflex about a hundred years ago, and it captured extraordinary detail. The D800 has brought back that incredible level of detail for me.
#3. "RE: Change in Shooting Pattern with D800" In response to Reply # 0
Cape Coral, US
I'm obsessive and still want raw, and it's going to make me buy a new computer, I can tell.
>>> The D800 has made photography more fun for me.
Yes! Partly the long dry spell without a new camera, but partly it opened up areas that did not work well for me before, the extra dynamic range, a bit higher ISO, and ability to capture action in a larger frame then crop in post processing means I get shots I could not get before. It's not like the revolutionary change from film to digital, but it is a pleasant evolutionary improvement.
#4. "RE: Change in Shooting Pattern with D800" In response to Reply # 0 Sun 08-Apr-12 07:01 PM by walk43
I too find the D800 a little "hot on the right side" and also shoot 90% in JPEG fine.I always shot the D90 with Picture Control to Vivid with a +1 in saturation and + 1 in contrast. On the D800, I tested all the Picture Control settings from my tripod having all other camera settings remaining the same for the tests. I looked at Picture Control settings at Standard, Normal, Vivid and Landscape and tried all the adjustments + or - for contrast and brightness. To my eye, I now have the D8oo Picture Control settings at Standard, 0 saturation and -2 contrast. That balance is the best for my taste as a default setting. I shoot mostly outdoor close-up, so those settings seem to work...then with the histogram showing in my picture review panel, I can make a quick adjustment to the contrast to best balance the image. I don't know if I do it 'right' but that seems to be the best default for my type of shooting. I can pick up the finer details in butterfly bodies, bird feathers in bright sunlight, the shadows on the underbellies of bugs, etc. As long as I don't clip any on the right, I can usually balance the image in Photoshop. But not always....it really is a disciplined art that I hope to master someday.
PS: What in-camera settings do you (and others) use on the D800?
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