How do you set you D50 camera settings?

Discussion in 'Digital Discussion & Q&A' started by Illah, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. Illah

    Illah TPF Noob!

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    Mainly I'm talking about the custom image settings - color mode, sharpness, saturation, etc. Right now I use color mode Ia, auto contrast, and no sharpening. When shooting in RAW many of these settings become meaningless as I can edit them afterwards, but the less work I put into post the easier life becomes.

    Any other key settings you changed for specific reasons?

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    I did a lot of experementing when i first got the camera, and this is what I found.

    Color mode III, and saturation + for maximum vividness in the color. I love cold blue light (hot, actually, at 6800k), and I still like the effect these two settings give me. I was suprised to read that ken rockwell uses the same settings.

    I only remove tone compensation from auto when i've got absolute and total control over my lighting, which is when i put it at +2. This creates a ton of range in very evenly lit photos, and provides a huge amount of depth. The downside is that the tiniest shadow becomes pitch black, so the lighting has to be pedantic and your subject very still. I find the results highly pleasing and worth the effort.

    Alternatively, if you're having problems exposing a photo and things are washing out/blacking out, -2 will make the picture absolutely flat, but capture all the detail. It wil be the most boring photo you've ever seen, though.

    Otherwise, I leave it on auto. There's too much change even in the same lighting conditions to take spur of the moment, naturally lit photos.
     
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    where is the color and saturationsettings, i dont see either of them? i cant find my manual and i want to try different settings but cant find them.
     
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    Page 48 of your manual talks about optimizing images. You can select a canned configuration or select custom and set your own. Page 76 explains the custom setting; sharpening, tone, color mode, saturation, etc.
     

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