Trying in-camera contrast increase

Discussion in 'Miscellany' started by J.Alan, May 16, 2007.

  1. I took our daughter to a party at a local train/train depot display this weekend. I decided to try increasing the in-camera contrast setting to +1, rather than the default 0. In general, I think I like the normal setting (at least with the jpegs I normally shoot), but these came out ok. The subjects certainly liked posing!

    All were shot with the D200 and 17-55 mm f/2.8, Aperture priority, Auto ISO

    The train at the depot:
    1/250s f/8.0 at 18.0mm iso100


    A future fireman in natural light:
    1/60s f/5.0 at 50.0mm iso250

    View attachment 95771

    And another:
    1/60s f/5.0 at 48.0mm iso450

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    1/60s f/5.0 at 40.0mm iso100 with flash EV -1.3

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    Am I photogenic?
    1/60s f/5.0 at 52.0mm iso1000

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  2. I like them and I like the result, #2 worked great so did the last one, I guess those two look more film like to my untrained eye. The higher ISO with the increased in-camera contrast seem to work hand in hand for portraiture with the D200, almost vintage 70's looking (Not that the 70's are vintage to me!).
  3. Thanks for commenting, Dude!

    Now that you mention it, the last one does have that film look to it... I could not quite decide why I like it. Thatnks again for looking.
  4. Baywing


    Feb 22, 2005
    CT USA
    The images look good. I have always preferred to adjust the contrast in PP, where I have more options. I tend to shoot in high contrast lighting, so it's almost a requirement to set the contrast to low. If you don't intend to do any PP, then it certain pays to experiment with the in-camera settings to get the best you can.
  5. BarryS


    Dec 12, 2006
    Narberth, PA
    I wish u had number one with the setting and without it.
  6. I like #2. But the dog looks stuffed :tongue:
  7. Baywing,

    I have always done contrast and sharpening in PP. I think that there are more adjustment options that way, and these turned out more contrasty than I'd like. But, it was worth the experiment.
  8. Me, too, Barry.

    I played with this one for a while to make adjustments. I'll have to try again.
  9. Thanks, Alex.

    The dog was a real dummy :biggrin: and wouldn't do anything but sit.
  10. Your results turned out much better than my experiment. Pretty interesting shots. Which is your daughter?
  11. very nice "punch" to these Joe. Very nice images too
  12. Thank you, Greg.

    My daughter is Laura Beth and she is in this shot.

  13. Thank you, Dave.

    While these may have the right "punch" as you say, this, I found, does not work across the board. ... Back to my standard methods.
  14. Laura Beth looks like she's having a blast! Cute kid!