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Old 13-12-2006, 10:40   #1 (permalink)
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How to get the best from D200 wihout post-processing ? Settings?

Hey everyone,!
Just yesterday got new Nikon D200 (from Santa) + Nikon Flash SB800 + Sigma 18-200! Now as I'm new to this kind of camera, trying to do my best to adjust most (universal) best settings. One thing is obvious,
Nr.1 optimzie image-vivid,
Nr.2 ???? to get best quality immage without post-processing.
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Re: How to get the best from D200 wihout post-processing ? Settings?

Sorry, but the answer actually is to shoot in RAW and post process.

Now, you can, if you're David Bailey, get around that. Most of the values you use in the RAW converter can be set in the camera too. So imagine you have a RAW file, then there will be a set of values for the various settings that give the best result. Had you set those values in the camera before you took the picture, then the jpeg would be perfect.
The catch is those values are different for every shot, and unless you're David Bailey, there really isn't any way to know before hand what they need to be.

Your best bet is to skip the in-camera settings, shoot RAW and then apply the right values after you've taken the picture (aka post process)

Also, the processing power of a PC is a lot greater than the chip on the camera, so the software that runs on the PC can be more sophisticated that that on the chip, so you tend to get slightly better results when the conversion happens on the PC rather than in the camera.
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Re: How to get the best from D200 wihout post-processing ? Settings?

I would suggest, if you are determined to save to JPEG, you set the in camera sharpening to medium high, keep the ISO as low as possible, use the auto white balance and choose landscape mode for nice saturation.
That said, you might just as well bin the D200 and get a point and shoot if you don't want to post process.
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Re: How to get the best from D200 wihout post-processing ? Settings?

I wouldn't go with the vivid setting, I did exactly the same with mine when I got it but I found the images to be a bit over saturated. Check the default shooting modes in your menu and use them to begin with, it took me a couple of weeks to get my head round all the settings so don't try and rush it.

You might feel that you don't wish to post process at the moment but that will change and it could be for any number of reasons, wonky horizon, over/under exposure, red eye etc, it's how we all probably started and is an important and enjoyable part of the process.

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Re: How to get the best from D200 wihout post-processing ? Settings?

Thank you All,

I'm testing this d200 all day today; so far I find out that vivid could be great for landscapes also vivid or surely vivid+ are not for portraits. I have adjusted some custom settings: increased sharpening+2, increased tone, contrast, and also I'm trying all that on Normal saturation , wow… looks much better than factory default.
Sure I will use post process of course. But I think first I have to get know my new camera better and the best way for the camera to introduce itself is to give excellent images’ without PP. I'm sure in week or two, I and my new friend D200 will go out and have a full life of magnificent moments. Just as it was with (Mr. Quality for sure FinePix S7000).
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Re: How to get the best from D200 wihout post-processing ? Settings?

Hi Jaro,
just a quickie ... if you are transferring the shots to pc using Nikon capture i beleive that in raw the sharpening /white balance etc. is adjusted on the raw file during transfer ...think so anyway ... that way you have the best of both worlds. The tweaking you selected in camera is done automatically by the pc but you still ahe a virginal "negative" of the raw file if you wish to change anything.

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