Adjusting Monitor Brightness on D4s
The D4s manual has information on adjusting the monitor brightness on p. 359. Additional information for adjusting the monitor brightness is contained on p. 57, but that's only for use in live view.
I've had a strange problem with my monitor brightness. When shooting my first event with the D4s, an outdoor event in bright sunlight, everything appeared to be underexposed. When I checked monitor brightness, it was set to manual, with an adjustment of "0". I would not have expected that as a default, and didn't put it there myself. Whatever the case, I switched to automatic and everything appeared to be much brighter. When I got home I saw that everything was correctly exposed, and so considered the "problem" solved.
A few days ago I was shooting in my home, and once again things seemed to be underexposed. While I wasn't shooting gray cards, none of this was "white cat on a white blanket" subject matter, and the shots should not have fooled the meter. When I loaded the files onto the computer everything was well exposed, and noticeably brighter than the camera monitor showed. I checked the brightness setting, which had dutifully stayed on automatic, just as I had set it. The only way to get the monitor and computer to match was to return the monitor brightness to manual--with a zero adjustment, just as it had been before at my outdoor event.
This is completely repeatable. I'm being careful to not cover the ambient light sensor (item 16 in the diagram on p. 5 of the manual). To get the monitor to show the correct brightness when I'm outside I have to use automatic; when I'm inside I have to use manual. In all cases--judging from the computer monitor--the images are correctly exposed.
Does anyone have a clue as to what is going on here? I've never had something like this on my D300, D700, or D800. Thanks.
#1. "RE: Adjusting Monitor Brightness on D4s" | In response to Reply # 0jherrel Nikonian since 08th Apr 2007Tue 22-Apr-14 07:11 PM
I have a D4 and if I am only looking at the back LCD display to judge exposure, I also was having a problem using Auto. I normally check the back LCD and look at the image plus RGB histogram to check exposure. I now use a manual setting of -2. This is set in the Wrench menu>>Monitor brightness. The -2 setting seems to give me the best match to image exposure that I see in Lightroom when I import images.
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#3. "RE: Adjusting Monitor Brightness on D4s" | In response to Reply # 1ajdooley Nikonian since 25th May 2006Sun 27-Apr-14 05:52 PM
I agree that the histogram is the best measure of exposure. Ambient light conditions can influence the appearance of the LED image. I also try to factor in even the background, or overall major lighting feature of a shot when I am "guestimating" exposure. A black stage light background can make a histogram look like it is shifted to the left, for example. When faces re involved, I magnify the LED image and look closely at them too.
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