Hi folks....new to the forum and desperate for help. I've gone from the 6006, to the N90s to a D1H with no stops in between....what a wake-up! Anyway, I'm convinced I have THE right camera for my sports action shots. My problem is getting good, vibrant, screaming "BUY ME!" prints. Mine kind of yawn...'wake me when this is over'. Dull, Dull, Dull. I've tried many, many different settings. Things do seem better in JPEG Normal rather than Fine. I've eliminated through testing the software or printer...Anyone help with their experience? I'm used to setting the N90s outdoors in Program mode at F22 and shooting all day....now it's a never ending guess. I love the camera overall and I know it's the Cadillac and will be the one for me....I just need some settings tips. HELP!!! Thanks....I eagerly await anyone's assistance. Paul Gangi
#1. "RE: H E L P!!!!!" | In response to Reply # 0AlanC Basic MemberThu 09-May-02 03:50 PM
Hello Paul, and welcome to the forum.
I guess from your description that what you're finding is the D1h shots are just a bit too subtle - that they don't have the sort of 'snap' that you can get with film or, for that matter, with a compact digital. The reason behind this is that the D1 series have a large dynamic range so you don't get as much contrast in your final image. This is, actually, a good thing since it means the camera is capable of capturing detail that would otherwise be lost.
If you're shooting JPEGs then use the Fine mode so you have as little compression on your images as possible. Try setting custom function 24 / Tone Compensation to "More Contrast" to see if that gives you the type of results you want - if not then you'll need to process the images in Photoshop to increase the contrast (and perhaps the saturation) after the event.
The other alternative is to use RAW mode and Nikon Capture / QImage / Bibble to process the images. This method gives you a tremendous amount of flexibility in how your final image will look since it gives you access to the full 12-bit dynamic range of the CCD but it does decrease the number of shots the buffer can hold from 40 to 27 and increases the file size to 4Mb per shot.
#5. "RE: H E L P!!!!!" | In response to Reply # 2Fri 10-May-02 06:53 PM
Hi Scott....I was just referring to the fact that with my N90s I can set the camera in Automatic, set the F stop on 22 and just shoot all day long outdoors with no adjustment required. This D1H is a constant setting change and adjust trip.
#4. "RE: H E L P!!!!!" | In response to Reply # 1Fri 10-May-02 06:50 PM
Hi Alan.....I appreciate the input. I've been banging my head against the wall for a couple of months now trying to get this right. I've tried 'more contrast' in the tone compensation setting....not a whole bunch of change. I was quite pleased the other night when I tried a few shots in JPEG 'Normal' as opposed to 'Fine' like Moose Peterson suggests. I was in White Balance Auto and I tried Shade and Direct Sunlight. Slight differences.....I wonder if the atmosphere here in Las Vegas might be an issue as well. We're 2600' above sea level with extremely strong sunlight (I am using a filter) and smog and dust blowing as well. I'll just keep playing for now.....Thanks again ......Paul