NX20: Experiments in Photography
From the start I have employed the RAW+JPG setting.
I took a bunch of pictures with the kit lens, mostly with a tripod, indoors, night, dawn, full sunlight. Thus far the results gratify in the main. The 18-55 appears a reasonable performer, one I can safely use for regular snaps. Here it exceeded expectations: at the edge of town, with way too much light in the sky, I got some pretty good star pictures without using bulb (that I still have not tried). The camera blanked out most of the extraneous light, while a short exposure gave me dots instead of little streaks. That bodes well.
I was chagrined by the dullness of sunlit outdoors JPGs shot on the standard setting. Coming from Olympus and Kodak super zooms (and scanned Ektar 100), I was accustomed to better. However, I always meant to shoot RAW, so I quickly concentrated on those. I use Zoner Studio Pro to work with them, and I shortly found that I could "develop" those just about any way I wanted. At this point I tend to find that, when I get the sky to suit me, skin tones seem a tad warm. Is that typical, or do I need to keep hacking away? I will, regardless.
Later, after searching the manual, I switched JPG setting to "Vivid". That is much more my style. Now the skies look blue to my eyes in JPG, too.
100% crops look sharp. I don't ask more than that.
|Owens Valley Milky Way by ed rader|
from Sign, sign, everywhere a sign..
|Break by Hank3152|
from Motion blur
|Camp by T bird|
from A Big Year - birds
|The Maasai Shepherd by cgravel|
from - African Man - (Portrait in Black and White + A Border)