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Change in Shooting Pattern with D800

walk43

Pennsylvania, US
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"RE: Change in Shooting Pattern with D800"

walk43 Registered since 07th Feb 2012
Sun 08-Apr-12 05:54 PM | edited Sun 08-Apr-12 06:01 PM by walk43

Darrell,

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?

Dan
(Nikon D800,V2,Sony HX400V,Lumix ZS40)
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