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Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., March 2008, Nikon D300 Settings

I shot all of the photos in this gallery on March 30, 2008, with a handheld Nikon D300 and a Nikon 18-200mm VR zoom lens. All the images shown are as is, as they came out of the camera; no post-processing was applied to them. However, I did resize the pictures for online viewing.

After some experimentation, I have settled on the following picture control settings as my D300 defaults: picture control STANDARD, sharpening 7, saturation +1, contrast 0, brightness 0 and hue 0. These were the settings I used to take the photos in this gallery.

I didn't use Active D-Lighting here because the evening light was mostly diffuse and flat; under more contrasty lighting, such as direct sunlight or floodlights, I do use AD-L -- picking low, normal or high depending on the lighting's degree of contrast and the extent to which I want to extend the images' dynamic range.

My other usual settings are -- focus mode AF-S and AF-area mode single, unless I am shooting action or sports; VR control on, unless I am using a tripod; exposure mode programmed automatic, unless aperture-priority auto, shutter-priority auto or full manual would be more appropriate; metering mode center-weighted, unless spot is called for; color space sRGB when I am shooting in JPEG mode only, and Adobe RGB when I am shooting RAW (NEF) or in both RAW and JPEG modes.

Having very limited free time for photography, I usually shoot JPEGs that I try to nail down in such a way that no further work outside the camera would be necessary, as in the case of the photos here. But I do not shy away from post-processing JPEGs when it is called for. I reserve the RAW mode -- and the additional CaptureNX work that may have to follow -- only for my most important shots.

My style of shooting requires me to get my exposures and white balance as close to perfect as often as possible "in camera." A lot of care and selectivity go into my efforts in these two areas -- even when I am using the automatic modes. I do use the exposure-compensation control whenever it is needed. Crucial in all of this are the accuracy and consistency of my D300's calibrated LCD monitor (brightness -2).

(For direct and bounce flash, my tentative settings are NEUTRAL picture control, +7 sharpening, +1 contrast, +2 saturation and no AD-L. ... Note that Nikon's CaptureNX automatically applies these camera settings to NEF [raw] files. But they can be canceled during NEF post-processing, if one needs or prefers to start from scratch.)

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Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.