I have been following this forum for as long as the D100 has been released. I have read all of the complaints about flat images, burnt out highlights, custom curves etc.. and also of those who really love it. I was very hesitant to buy one myself based on all the negative comments and also what the future will bring. I borrowed my friend's D100 last week (it was also new to him so he gave me no instruction). I shot a dozen images and played with it very briefly as he needed it back for his own use. Please view my test images and accept these tips from my experience with this amazing camera.
The most important bit of advice I can give is to use the built in Histogram feature to help judge your exposure. Even then you must bracket unless you are absolutely sure you have a perfect exposure. In the film world we could bracket and judge the best exposure on the light box to use for scanning. To assume that you have guessed the right exposure or that the matrix metering is giving the right exposure is prone to error. The digital equivalent of shooting one shot that you assume to be correct is the same as scanning the wrong exposure.
The next important advice would be to be familiar with photoshop. ie. setting the white point, black point, curves, colour balance etc..
Anyone who has tried colour (or B&W) darkroom techniques will understand that good prints don't just happen.
The 3rd tip would be that for anything other than high end art photography or high quality CMYK reproduction JPG Fine is MORE than adequate. I cannot see the diiference off my Epson 820 or on screen. Don't worry about RAW or NEF or View5 or Capture3. Just download into photoshop and fine tune from there. I do not see the need for any custom curves.
The last shot of the boat lift was using studio strobe and I am ready to place it in the brochure today! Amazing! (I will post another message for advice I need on strobe exposure)
I must now decide what to sell to be able to buy my own D100 (Do they take trade ins on F80's?)
#2. "RE: D100 - test shots" | In response to Reply # 1photons Nikonian since 01st Jul 2002Mon 03-Mar-03 02:27 PM
I find that my original exposure with the D100 does not have to "dead on" as the exposure compensation feature in Nikon Capture for NEF files works very well. NC3 offers an amazing range of image adjustments for NEF files.
By the camera!
Russ in CT
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#5. "RE: D100 - test shots" | In response to Reply # 2wkrones Registered since 18th Jan 2003Tue 04-Mar-03 09:31 PM
Just wanted to add to what a little detail to what Steve had to say. As I'm sure you know from reading these posts,NEF files are your "digital negative", and then some. You can adjust your EV values in increments as low as .01 - way finer than with your camera. Talk about fine tuning your exposure...and its dynamic, so you can watch it happen as you tune it. What a great learning tool!
I have also seen some evidence that NEF's may be sharper that jpg's.
So don't write this valuable file format off.
A Virginian Nikonian
#4. "RE: D100 - test shots" | In response to Reply # 3Tue 04-Mar-03 06:19 PM
Sorry for the link problems.
My domain namre expired yesterday and they never sent me any notices. It will be up and running shortly (24hrs?)
Don't forget that these photos will look a little dark on a PC.