The latest on D7000 skin tones?

Started May 24, 2011 | Discussions thread
antoineb
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Have you tried the Picture Controls and their adjustments?
In reply to Swedish Hambern, May 24, 2011

have you tried playing with the following?

  • I find the "vivid" is over-everthing and doesn't deliver good skin tones

  • I find the "standard" gives me rather pleasing results

  • i find the "portrait" also gives me pleasing results - though it includes tweaks for more "flattering" results (for non-child skins ie with wrinkles blemishes etc) which result in fairly low detail for my taste. For this reason I tend to stick with the "standard" picture style, for fear that if I go to "portrait" and forget to get out, then I'll lose some detail on non-portrait shots (of course I've set the U2 for portraits but then one shouldn't forget to turn the wheel

  • if none of this works, WB preset is easy and quick enough

  • if still none of this works, then shoot RAW I guess. But really you shouldn't have to.

In easy light (ie daylight) I find i get great skin tones from my d7k. Under artificial light it's more challenging - but so is it with every camera.

Samples:

Natural light:
perfect skin tone on portrait of little girl outdoors
http://www.flickr.com/photos/antoinebach/5587910377/in/photostream

perfect skin tones on portrait of little girls indoors in strong contra light
http://www.flickr.com/photos/antoinebach/5501163530/in/photostream

nice skin tones on portrait of young boy in strong contra light
http://www.flickr.com/photos/antoinebach/5262393112/in/photostream

Artificial light

decent skin tone on portrait of mature lady under BAD bad light (very low level, mix of ageing light bulbs, some weak neon tubes)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/antoinebach/5606891781/in/photostream

decent skin tones on self-portrait in difficult / poor light from above
http://www.flickr.com/photos/antoinebach/5247653732/in/photostream

too orange skin tones on portrait of mature man in HORRIBLY BAD light (requiring 1/20th at f5.6 and ISO 5000). Could have done a WB preset easily but the light really WAS that warm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/antoinebach/5368131046/in/photostream

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