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Mastering the Nikon D700 by Darrell Young, James Johnson

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Picture Controls

SD, or Standard, is Nikon’s recommendation for getting “balanced” results. Nikon recommends SD for most situations. Use this if you later want a balanced image and don’t want to postprocess it to get it there. It has what Nikon calls “standard” image processing (Figure 5-20).

NL, or Neutral, is best for an image that will later be extensively postprocessed in the computer. It too is a balanced image but has minimal camera processing so that you’ll have room to do more with the image in the computer.

VI, or Vivid, is for the Fuji Velvia lovers among us! This setting places emphasis on saturating primary colors for intense imagery. The contrast is higher for good highs and lows, and the sharpness is higher too. If you are shooting ...

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