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Mastering the Nikon D300 by Darrell Young

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5.7. Picture Controls

SD or Standard is Nikon's recommendation for getting "balanced" results. They recommend SD for most situations. Use this if you later want a balanced image and don't want to post-process it to get it there. It has what Nikon calls "Standard" image processing (Figure 16).

NL or Neutral is best for an image that will later be extensively post-processed 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 later 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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