The latest on D7000 skin tones?

Started May 24, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Swedish Hambern
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Re: Quiting this thread
In reply to rhlpetrus, May 26, 2011

There is no point publishing any image here what so ever. People will constantly find flaws or errors with my technique and frankly I don't have time to do any extensive testings.

My findings, however is that it's absolutely crucial, with the D7000, to NOT blow any red higlights, not even near. Because then things start to look very bad. The safest is to set the picture control to portrait and brightness to +1 and then constanty underexpose every image... In that way you can add some saturation as well, wich otherwise would blow those red highlights and make the sin look like crap.

So severe underexposure and an added brightness in the Picture Control seems to be the secret to get good skin tones out of the D7000. But quite as pleasing skin tones as the pre-picture control cameras like D70 and D200 seems to be impossible... But I guess that's a matter of taste really.

rhlpetrus wrote:

Again, post here one of your portraits converted with Portrait Mode and one that you tweaked, let's us see what you are talking about.

Do you have a calibrated monitor, colors/luminosity/contrast. maybe that's the issue. Portrait Mode is already very good for D7k in my experience, if you have a properly exposed image (no blown Reds, right adjusted).
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