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Stephanie Meyer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/16/2005
 

brilliant color and clarity


How do I get the most clarity (a tripod?) and brilliant color with my Nikon D70s? Is the color done with Photoshop?


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9/21/2006 8:11:10 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens  
 
 
Go get the Magic Lantern series book on the D70s and it will tell you lots!! Here are a few settings that I use on my D70s:

1. Go to the setup menu, go to custom, and make sure you are shooting in Mode II, which is AdobeRGB.
2. I've set my saturation level in camera to high.
3. Sharpness to normal
4. Nikons are always underexposed by about one stop when they are at their defaults. Go to your exposure compensation button (on top by the digital display, the green one) and set your expo comp to either +.7 or +1.

Can't think of anything else, but I'll attach some photos that I did at a restaurant shoot last night that ARE STRAIGHT OUT OF THE CAMERA WITH NO PS WORK. Just a raw conversion (no saturation or brightness fixes though).


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9/21/2006 8:39:34 AM

 
Bob Fately   To answer your question, Stephanie, yes, a tripod (or other sturdy support) is the best way to achieve clarity. While the "rule of thumb" is the slowest shutter speed you should hand hold is 1 over the focal length (times the camera's 1.5 'crop factor') the fact is that even at high shutter speeds a sturdy tripod will improve clarity.

As for color, as Sipho points out there are settings you can make in the camera (he set his camera saturation on high but did not saturate further in post) as well as after the shot is taken. In addition, a polarizing filter can often (depending on the lighting situation) make for more intenst color.


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9/21/2006 10:06:53 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  For the best color saturation what I use is this stuff you can buy at the drug store or B&Hphotovideo.com that comes in a little box, a foil-like wrapper, built-in numbering system, made with silver.................ummmmmm
FILM !!!!!!!! That's it. FILM !!!! LOL !!!!!

Nice stuff !!! Add some magenta to the shrimp and a bit of focus somewhere to the bread pudding. Gr8 portrait.
Latah kids.
M.


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9/21/2006 10:19:16 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Yeah, emphasizing "straight out of the camera" is kinda negated when it's the camera that is set to increase color saturation.
But, then there's that same old point of film being made to increase color saturation.
Never forget to start, nor stray from, good light(angle and quality), good exposure, good use of shadow.
Latah adults.


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9/21/2006 1:54:20 PM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   B.S., Gregory. Straight out of the camera is not negated by the camera's settings!! You're right though, about the film thing. The statement was meant to emphasize not post production in PS.


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9/22/2006 5:59:27 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  You want to call it pre production?


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9/22/2006 8:42:06 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Naw, just quits. Buh-bye!


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9/22/2006 8:44:45 AM

 
Stephanie Meyer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/16/2005
  Thanks guys.. I have another question .... for you mark... What is (in your oppinion) the best film? for Portraits? Nature?....


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9/23/2006 11:28:04 AM

 
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