The latest on D7000 skin tones?

Started May 24, 2011 | Discussions thread
Swedish Hambern
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A final portrait and a final tips
In reply to Swedish Hambern, May 26, 2011

I think I've found a way to get constant more than acceptable results with the D7000. The trick is to not EVER EVER blow any red highlights. Because you really need those reds to get good skin tone and to avoid that dreadful orange tone.

And portrait really is much better at skin tones (surprise). Look at the picture above, pretty okay right? And it is the D7000.

Here's the recipe:

Picture Control Settings:
Portrait
Sharpening: +5
Contrast: +1
Brightness: +1
Saturation: +3
Hue: 0
Active D-Lighting: Off
Exposure compensation: -1.0 EV

This way you can avoid blowing the red highlights and you can achieve the deep, strong reds you can't get if you do not set the brightness to +1 and Exposure conpensation to -1.0 EV. Because you really need those deep reds.

Then I've also added a slight S curve in Photoshop to see if the colors holds up after some editing. And they really do. So... If you are getting orange skin with no texture and washed out reds. Try this. It really seems to be working.

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