I just got back from a trip to Utah and have many images that I now want to fix and print. My previous camera was a Sony DSC-F707 and as such I am not really familiar with the whole workflow that is needed to get a good print from the D100.
My settings for shooting were:
RAW mode (uncompressed)
Normal tone curve.
When I look at the frames I have shot they do initially look a bit dull, which seems to be the norm. A litle playing around with levels soon sorts it out though.
What I am interested in is the whole process, from taking the images off the camera to getting an A3 print on an Epson 1290 printer. My understanding of the workflow is:
1. Use NC3 or similar to make any initial corrections.
2. Use Photoshop to make further corrections and sharpen.
3. Print from Photoshop.
I really am lacking in knowledge regarding things such as colour profiling, specific corrections to make and the amount of sharpening to do for an A3 print. I understand that the size of the print dictates the amount of sharpening to be applied?
If anyone could let me know their workflow and any hints'n'tips that would be real cool.
Moving upto the D100 seems to be a real step up in complexity, not that I'm complaining as I find it fascinating
#1. "RE: D100 and workflow" | In response to Reply # 0genec57 Basic MemberTue 03-Sep-02 05:57 PM
You don't mention white balence in your settings. This is VERY important. I would recommend, as does Moose Peterson, that you use cloudy -3 most of the time. Past that, you can make any adjustment in NC3 or bibble. RAW mode allows tremendous freedom to make corrections in post processing.
Your workflow is essentially the same as what I do. The knowledge you are lacking is the learning curve that makes all the difference. There are a number of good resources available. One of my favorite is http://www.luminous-landscape.com/. This site is loaded with great info about amlost anything you need to know about digital photography. Moose Peterson's review of the D100 has a lot of solid info at http://www.moose395.net/index.html.
I really think that a lot of the muddiness I have seen and heard about with the D100 is related to white balence. I have a D1X so there are differences but when it comes to the shooting the differences are minimal. If the image is properly exposed, with proper white balence, and in focus, the model of the camera is irrevelant.
#2. "RE: D100 and workflow" | In response to Reply # 1AlanC Basic MemberWed 04-Sep-02 02:31 PM
This is hijacking the thread somewhat, but...
>If the image is properly exposed, with proper white balence,
>and in focus, the model of the camera is irrevelant.
I'm not sure I wholly agree with that opinion: there is a clear difference between how my D100 and D1 respond under identical circumstances. The D100 tends to push the midtones further down the range than the D1, and it's this that gives the dull look to the shots. It's also why a levels/curves type adjustment can lift D100 images: you need to push those midtones back where they belong, and compress the high end somewhat since the D100's setup seems to place undue emphasis on highlight detail. Why this happens is another question: it could be down to differences in how the CCD's behave, or it could just be the tone compensation curves used by the D100 put too much emphasis on the high end.
On the other hand I fully agree with your statement that correct white balance is very important, it's just that the white balance effects the colour of the image - specifically the red/blue balance - and not the tonality.