Numero4
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Nikon Question

Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:51 pm

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Hi all,

I was wondering about when to best use Active D-Lighting. The manual states that it brings out details of shaded subjects in bright lighting. Is it a really good thing to turn on when, say, photographing aircraft on short final from underneath on a sunny day?

Up to date, I did not turn it on and had problems with too much contrast between the shaded and lit portions of aircraft.

Please comment and thank you in advance,

--Etienne
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dlowwa
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RE: Nikon Question

Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:23 pm

Quoting Numero4 (Thread starter):
Is it a really good thing to turn on when, say, photographing aircraft on short final from underneath on a sunny day?

Definitely not if you plan on uploading. It tends to produce a nasty halo effect if the subject is visible against a solid background, like a blue sky, and will likely be rejected for editing

If you're having problems with contrast and lighting, shoot from a different location or wait until the time of day when the lighting is better. It's never a good idea to force bad lighting, unless you're desperate.
 
diezel
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RE: Nikon Question

Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:10 pm

Just try it out!
When you shoot RAW, nothing is lost. With RAW, D-lighting can be adjusted in post processing.

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viv
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RE: Nikon Question

Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:03 pm

Quoting dlowwa (Reply 1):
Definitely not if you plan on uploading. It tends to produce a nasty halo effect if the subject is visible against a solid background, like a blue sky

Exactly right. It will ruin this type of shot.
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Numero4
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RE: Nikon Question

Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:24 am

What about photographing aircraft parked in brightly lit hangars?
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javier
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RE: Nikon Question

Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:05 am

I don´t recommend the use of this tool. I have a D300 and some of my pics have been rejected by "bad halo around the aircraft". The photos were shooted in JPEG, I don´t know the effect in RAW.
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