Hey guys I want you to try something.

Started Dec 7, 2007 | Discussions thread
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samjstern
samjstern Veteran Member • Posts: 6,922
Hey guys I want you to try something.

I have 2 D300 bodies and my buddy , also a wedding photog, has one.

I have been testing and experimenting for a few weeks to get a perfect or close to perfect JPEG setting for wedding work, with flash

I feel I am very close and want to share.

This setting works on all 3 of our cameras.

Ok , here it goes.:

Now this setting is for wedding work or portrait work of people with flash.

These have given us very close to natural colors with good flash tones. Remember the old VPS film.

Ok.
1. Set your LCD brightness to -1 ,( find it in Setup Menu. )
0 is too bright and not close to what we actually see.

2. Set your white balance to A. (automatic) No surprizes yet.

3. In Shooting menu go to set picture control and make these settings:

Go to neutral, yes neutral not standard.
1. Sharpening to 8
2. Contrast to +1 ( 1 click to right of 0)
3. Brightness to 0
4. Saturation to 0
5. Hue to -1 ( 1 click to the left of 0)

I know you were expecting me to use standard. I read the manual also, Page 150.

But darn if these don't give me great skin tones and natural colors. Not too red or exagerated like we use for scenics.

Don't forget to click OK after you make the adjustments and before you exist the menu.
Try it and let me know what you think.

The out of camera JPEGs look perfect to me.
The LCD screen set to -1 looks just like my monitor.

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