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Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S by Darrell Young

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Active D-Lighting

(User’s Manual: D300S page 164; D300 page 167)

Active D-Lighting is used to help control contrast in your images. Often, the range of light around our subject is broader than our camera’s sensor can capture. Where the D300(S) might be able to capture 6 or 7 EV steps of light, the brightness out in the world on a sunny summer day might equal 12 stops in range. The contrast is too high!

Since the camera often cannot grab the full range of light—and most people use the histogram to expose for the highlights (we’ll discuss how in a later chapter)—some of the image detail will be lost in the shadows. The D300(S) allows you to “D-Light” the image and bring out additional shadow detail, or in other words, lower the image contrast. Active ...

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