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Some D200 Tips and Tricks

jrp

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Sun 15-Oct-06 03:43 AM

Reposted. By Nikonian jnorman34

After using my D200 for a couple of months, I am still finding little things that help speed up what I am doing, or make things a little bit more convenient. Perhaps you have also discovered a few things you have found that are nifty that you could share with everyone, so please add a couple if you wish. #4 on my list is probably the best thing I have found.

1. I found I can program the center button to display a 100% crop of an image I am looking at during playback mode - this is way faster than using the zoom function, and is quick and easy was to check for sharpness and focus.

2. This one is stupid, but I sometimes find myself in a dark situation where I can not read the top display settings, and I had used the menu to turn on the display illumination. It stays on for a few seconds and then turns off, but it does use battery to do this everytime I touch a control. Well, duh, the on-off switch has a third position that toggles on the display illumination if you need it momentarily. When I finally "discovered" that, I turned off the display illumination setting in the menu.

3. When you shoot NEF/raw, the in-camera settings do not have any effect if you use Adobe Camera Raw (ACR v3.3)- the in-camera settings only affect your jpg files. (Note that some other RAW converters DO import your in-camera settings, but allow you to modify or undo them). For jpgs, I find that in-camera settings of +1 sharpening, and normal saturation and normal contrast seem to work the best for me, as I can control all three of those parameters better during post in PS. If you want to shoot and print jpgs straight out of the camera, vivid and more vivid both work pretty well, as does using the optimize image settings of +2 sharpening, more contrast, and enhanced saturation. I personally recommend shooting RAW and using the ACR 3.3 converter for PSE 3/4 or CS2 (Note that ACR v3.3 is NOT supported under CS1 or earlier versions of PhotoShop). If you shoot raw and use ACR, it is fine to check all the "auto" boxes and let ACR automatically adjust your exposure, brightness, shadows and contrast, and then open as a tiff in PS.

4. In PS, if you do any transform operations, or other things that require layers, remember to "flatten image" before saving your final tiff or jpg file to reduce the file size. If you want to save the layers for later tweaking, save as a *.psd file.

5. If you shoot primarily jpgs, I recommend that you change the default jpg compression setting from "size priority" to "optimal quality".

6. Auto WB and matrix metering are great for probably 95% of everything I shoot. However, if you are in really lowlight situation, you may need to manually set a WB, or use some WB bracketing. Likewise, if you are shooting a white subject against a black background, or a scene with lots of snow or large deep shadow areas, you should switch over the spot metering and find a good medium gray in the scene to meter, or use a 18% gray card for exposure setting. Remember, this really only matters for jpgs - if you shoot RAW, it hardly matters if you screw up WB and/or exposure since both are fixable in ACR.

7. When shooting macro shots, or when using slow shutter speeds on or off a tripod, or whenever you want to minimize potential camera shake, try the exposure delay mode. It delays the shutter release 0.4 secs after the mirror goes up and gives time for the mirror slap to be dampened.

8. It is helpful to download the opanda EXIF viewer. It allows you to see camera and exposure settings not only for your own shots but most of the shots posted here also. Opanda will also tell you the total number of shots (actuations) taken with your camera.

James Norman (jnorman34)
Sunridge Studios
Salem, Oregon

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