Trying in-camera contrast increase

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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

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

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

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AHHHH!
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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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!).
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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Baywing,

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.

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.
 
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Thank you, Greg.

Your results turned out much better than my experiment. Pretty interesting shots. Which is your daughter?

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

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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.
 

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