Wed 22-Oct-08 12:36 AM | edited Wed 22-Oct-08 12:36 AM by flisom
I began playing with my D700's Active D-Lighting function and have had some positive results. I was wondering if others are using this feature and, if so, how and when do you use it? I took some pictures this weekend in bright sunlight and it did seem to help.
I look forward to hearing what others have to say.
It does seem top help a lot in scenes with a high dynamic range and where shadow detail needs preservation. It does also reduce the buffer size for high speed shooting which it took me a while to discover.
>Does this only work if you're shooting JPGs? Or does it work >with RAW too?
>I guess my question is, does this make the sensor do something >different, or is it in-camera post-processing?
The simple answer is - both!
If you are shooting JPG, then Active D-lighting (ADL) does its magic in-camera and affects the image file. If you're shooting NEF, the ADL effect can mostly be adjusted after the event using Capture NX2. I say "mostly" because ADL can in certain lighting conditions change the exposure given for a shot; this effect cannot be reproduced, and cannot always be negated, in post-processing.
Using RAW converters other than Capture NX (or View NX) will not take account of any in-camera ADL settings. The only thing you will see is the exposure adjustment that ADL applies in some lighting conditions.
I use it all the time, both with JPEGs and NEFs. With NEFs the result is amazing. Now I barely have to work on exposure, highlights and shadow recovery anymore, not to mention levels and curves to recover lost detail! You can always turn it off on the NEFs if you want to, but if it's not set on the camera you cannot turn it on with Capture NX later, watch out.
I haven't played with it much. So far the "Auto" setting has turned out best, but I'm sure that's because I don't know enough to use the other settings intelligently.
For shooting black llamas (I have several) and actually getting good detail on the animal without a ton of post-processing and/or having to choose between detail on the animal and other IQ issues, it's the cat's meow for me.