Agree with Joseph - I'd start by asking yourself what main types of photography do you find yourself doing mostly (with the D600) and start from there.
If memory serves Rockwell's U1 & U2 are for Landscape and family/Portrait, fair enough. But neither of these are likely to be ideal for action or low light etc... So nail down your styles, remembering that APSM are effectively a third setup in addition to U1 & U2.
Initially I toyed with loading Rockwell's settings but then realized two main things 1- Action is one of my main photography types and 2- working up my own settings would be a much more useful exercise in learning the options in the D600's menus.
Why not give it a go and as Joseph says there's plenty of people here who would be happy to give feedback on specific menu items for various applications.
Could be, but there are plenty of settings that are advantageous to have set differently for different scenarios regardless of file type (including file type!!!). AutoFocus, Button Customization, CL Frame Rate etc...
Wed 09-Jan-13 03:40 AM | edited Wed 09-Jan-13 03:41 AM by davidben33
Yes, in part, those settings are used by me. That is: White balance- Auto; ISO- Auto. In mode M no trouble whatsoever. Regarding RAW format, it is keeping traditionally, but really adjusting only exposure at some range. davidben33
What are you trying to accomplish? The settings should be based on those goals and not what a third party thinks is good for his preferences and his scene conditions. If I remember correctly, KR photos tended to be highly saturated and contrast pushed, like JPGs from a point and shoot. Is that what you want?
What do you shoot, with want lenses, in what light characteristics, and what speed of movement, at what distance, etc.....Those factors are going to determine your best settings and it is a safe bet those scene and subject conditions are not very close to what you are dealing with.
The scene and subject tell you what settings you need, listen to that with your eyes and you will be better off. Stan St Petersburg Russia
I appreciate your detailed response and suggestions.I have a lifetime of Professional and Personal Photographic experience. My first Nikon was an SP back in the late 1950's.
Referring back to my original question: "Has anyone used the Ken Rockwell Nikon D600 Settings that are available to download from his website? If so, how are they working out?"
I was just curious as I am always interested in other photographers methods. Regardless of what anyone may think about Ken's credibility he is probably more successful through his Photography than most of us.
Fri 11-Jan-13 02:24 AM | edited Fri 11-Jan-13 02:25 AM by WildIsle
>Referring back to my original question: "Has anyone used >the Ken Rockwell Nikon D600 Settings that are available to >download from his website? >If so, how are they working out?"
Okay - I took the bait.. umm I mean rose to the occasion!
I've read enough of Rockwell's blog that some of this shouldn't have been a surprise eg: he prefers P mode which he calls 'professional. And really it was right there that I started fighting the settings and pretty much felt in a battle with the camera (vs. my own preferences) from there on in.
I only worked with his U1 (Landscape) as the U2 is a has he describes for low res family shots. Where do I begin?
- I much prefer A mode so I can have complete control of depth of field so I did not enjoy being in P or flexible program mode at all.
- ISO auto, might work for some but again I much prefer being able to control the ISO and thus noise. I did a fair bit of low light evening shooting and even star trails so by teh time I got to the stars I had overridden KR's U1 and turned ISO Auto off.
- File size is too small for my liking. Somewhere I noticed my D600 was at Basic S. Just don;t see the point of shooting a 24 MP camera to take tiny files.
- Miscellaneous, I found KR made little use of My Menu, there were only three or four items. I have one full screen's worth and only one is the same (Non CPU Lens Data)
- I didn't find out what it was but to start every image was overexposed and I quickly dialed in a -0.7 exp comp to get a better exposure (??)
Overall I would go back to my original reply and say that it makes much more sense to build one's own set of settings. Adapting to another's however straightforward that might sound in principle I just found frustrating. I have no real criticism of KR's settings, if they work for him that's great but they aren't my preferences and of course I saved my own U1 & U2 and will be loading them back right away.
Philip, Thank you for the detailed answer to my question.You have given me a good view of what Ken's settings are and saved me the trouble of researching them myself. There are times when I see one of Ken's color enhanced, vivid photos and I really like it: just not all the time.
Brian and Mark, It is interesting about the green shift. I have only had the D600 for a couple of weeks and have not discovered that possibility.
>Philip, Thank you for the detailed answer to my question.You >have given me a good view of what Ken's settings are and saved >me the trouble of researching them myself. There are times >when I see one of Ken's color enhanced, vivid photos and I >really like it: just not all the time.
You're welcome Richard - there was more but that was a quick summary of the main issues.
I like a fairly vivid landscape look too and actually found KR's custom PC setting about right for my taste, see attached which isn't a bad example with the red lighthouse cupola. It jumps out but isn't over-powering by any means. The dark blue water is accurate with the chop and low winter sunlight. Philip
My guess some of Ken's settings try to address what is getting nice looking jpg's without any post processing right out of the camera. He has always seen to have been a fan of warmer / saturated colors especially with people. I have not liked the skin tones in some of this pics.
I like P (use the wheel to control speed/aperture combo) or A modes and always adjusting the ISO to suit using easy ISO but the D600 is so much better at higher iso's than my D90 I may revisit that preference. I got a 24MP camera so I am going to shoot in 24 MP but usually shoot raw/fine jpg. I can always resize.
My goal is to find a reasonable quick fix in LR to do pop (clarity, sharpness, etc) that many need when shoot in neutral/standard for quick images.
> >I like a fairly vivid landscape look too and actually found >KR's custom PC setting about right for my taste, see attached >which isn't a bad example with the red lighthouse cupola. It >jumps out but isn't over-powering by any means. The dark blue >water is accurate with the chop and low winter sunlight. >Philip
Your photo of the lighthouse is a perfect example of where using Ken's "vivid" setting seems to have improved the brighter color areas of the image.