Best .jpg settings for D200
I am changing my D200 camera either up to a D7100 or a used D700 and am giving the D200 to my daughter. As I have always been a RAW shooter and mostly AP I have never used the D200 in .jpg mode thus I presume all my settings in camera are still at default the way the camera came. I am seeking from you jpg shooters advice from your experience as to what are the best settings to use say for .jpg fine which I would like to set up for her in camera before giving her the camera. I will tell her to keep in the `P` mode to start with and go from there. She will just want to take her pictures and leave the card in Boots chemist or somewhere like that and let them process them for her so really I am looking for settings that would achieve that. I know I am being lazy here but why invent the wheel again. Any help would be appreciated.
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#1. "RE: Best .jpg settings for D200" | In response to Reply # 0JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Fri 14-Mar-14 10:18 PM
Without knowing what her preferences are, it is hard to give recommendations.
I would put the "optimize image" into "normal". From there she can decide if she wants a different setting.
I personally use the "custom" option with things set a zero/normal or just below that, then adjust things as needed in post processing.
Get her a PDF copy of the user manual from NikonUSA.com and the D200 settings spreadsheet in the pinned thread at the top of this forum.
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#2. "RE: Best .jpg settings for D200" | In response to Reply # 0shipsupt Nikonian since 27th Dec 2006Mon 17-Mar-14 07:20 PM | edited Mon 17-Mar-14 07:21 PM by shipsupt
In the shooting menu I'd set the image quality to large and fine. I'd also set the JPEG compression to optimal quality. Memory cards are pretty cheap and the D200 JPEG images are not huge.
I agree, a good middle of the road setting for optimize image would be the normal setting to start with. If you know what kind of custom settings you preferred with the camera, you might consider bumping a few settings like the in camera sharpening.
I'm sure you're also considering some other steps that might make shooting easy for her to start with, like turning on Auto-ISO, selecting Matrix Metering, selecting the large area AF mode, probably selecting AF-C.
You'll also want to make sure you've set most of the other settings back to defaults if you've set anything special for your shooting, say like back button focus. You might also consider setting the camera only to fire when it has a focus lock.