Gale said:100% better.
Why are you not SHOOtING RAWWWWWWW girl.
Always shoot raw. You have much more to work with.
Nikon Capture is worth having.. Get it. Yeah Yeah I learned the hard way. Always do :>)))
I found a great printer service here local. Boy did he show me what my monitor ws giving me.
Hi fixes everything for me, and does not even charge me. I learned more in 30 minutes than in 4 years from him.
Get a Spyder hardware calibrator for your monitor.... 189.00 dollars.
I almost hit the buy button. grrrr
No end to $$$$$$$$$$
but I gotta watch close on that. Old woman on SS.. They say if you make 2 dollars more we take one back.
Carol Steele said:Those settings were recommendations for shooting RAW Melissa and generally prevents blown highlights. Then in Nikon Capture you tweak the exposure and curve to give the right balance.
DavidM said:Melissa -
The first pic is a bit dark overall, but the second one looks to have blown-out areas. Shooting this in RAW and applying some of the techniques in Ron's book will show you how to achieve a better balance between the two extremes. It is possible to expose the scene for the highlights, balance the colors in the shadow areas, and push the gamma just enough to brighten the image somewhat.
I realize it's a steep learning curve, but the deeper you get into it the more it becomes second nature when processing (and therefore goes a bit faster).
Keep plugging away at the book; the results will be worth it. I promise.
I agree with everything said in the posts..... and I sure learned a bunch from everyone.
Thanks for posting the picture and all the responses.