Understanding the Nikon D600
PART III - MORE ON D600 SHADOW RECOVERY IN JPG & WHAT SOFTWARE?
I promised to fill in a little on what software works and what does not. The differences are much greater than I would have thought.
SCENE 1 – PEOPLE OUTSIDE A PUB, AND AN ARM…
SCENE 2 – DARK STREET, LIT ROOMS, A WALL AND A BLUE LIGHT…
Exposure Comp at -1,0 here as well (I usually want very dark night scenes to come out very dark – like night scenes!) but this really came out too dark – Matrix metering was of course fooled a little by the light sources.
DETAIL DOWN THE STREET
DxO Optics Pro 6 – still, looks ok with lots of more detail visible:
Photoshop CS4 – this legendary software turned out rather disappointing. Even despite limiting how wide the shadows slider tool set in (by pulling down the tonal width and radius controls) it lifted the brightly lit rooms so much that, in order not to ruin the picture, shadows had to be lifted with extreme caution:
Nikon ViewNX 2 – maybe a little less impressive than DxO, perhaps due to a ‘flatter’, less contrasty appearance. Contrast was lifted slightly but not too much in order not to lose detail elsewhere in the image:
DETAIL OF THE WALL AND A ROOM
THE BLUE LIGHT
This is the same lamp in the ViewNX 2 picture - look also at the faintest upper parts of the building that are visible here. This is not pretty at 100% but may be passable at smaller print sizes:
So, what software to use?
Furthermore, it seems almost impossible to make the shadows slider work on shadows only; and the highlights slider to work on highlights only.
I will show highlights examples later on.
DxO OPTICS PRO
NIKON CAPTURE NX 2
NIKON VIEWNX 2
A couple of more examples
First, the straight-out-of-the-camera jpeg:
GOING TOO FAR
This picture was one I normally would have deleted right away - but again I was curious.
I am thinking about writing another few posts, depending on reactions.
So far I don’t think I’ve been able to stir up much interest at all. The blog cannot be found via Google even if you enter for example ‘D600 dynamic range jpeg’, which no one would enter anyway…
If you know of any other forums, please feel free to post something and link to this blog. The blog is not commercial & I am writing just because I happened to stumble on something, and I want to share it with you all.