A breakthrough in K-3 images in shade ......

Started Jan 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP emem Veteran Member • Posts: 4,216
Re: A breakthrough in K-3 images in shade ......

britcam wrote:

emem wrote:

KL Matt wrote:

Bright Mode!!!! The killer of image quality rears its ugly head.

Well, Bright Mode is the default setting for the K-3. I did try the Natural setting briefly but found it way too dull. Perhaps to a RAW shooter, Natural may be ok. But when I chimp after taking a shot, I prefer seeing something on the rear screen that looks kind of like the real thing, not some desaturated version of it.

It does surprise me that your setting was on bright. When I first had my K5 and then K-01 and later K5IIs, I always experimented with the various modes and decided very early on that Bright Mode was to produce punchy pics more suited to give impact rather than a natural image look. So my screens are always set on Natural, with any final adjustments being made in post (RAW as a rule as its so quick ...)

Well, Bright is the default mode, and I thought for good reason. When I compared the output from the K-3, set on Natural, to the K-5, set on Natural, they produced vastly different images. I recall fiddling with various settings under Natural but couldn't quite get it to match the OOC shots I was getting from the K-5 - and I mean when finally viewed on the computer. They were coming out flat and dull. So I tried Bright and found that setting matched the look I was getting from the K-5. I figured Pentax had changed these Custom Image settings and that's why the Bright setting was the default - I believe the K-5 default was Natural.

I have the LCD set on increased contrast, say +3, while brightness is adjusted very regularly according to the ambient lighting conditions.

That's something I have problems with - ambient light. In sunlight I tend to just find some shade in which to chimp my shots or shade the camera with my body.

I also chimp a fair bit, but mainly to make sure that settings are generally there or thereabouts. Once I'm happy with that I use the cam pretty much as I would a film SLR, ie not worrying about anything except for composition, lighting et al .. Having the rear screen set on brightness to help see the output is not doing any favours IMHO ...

Well as I've said - I try to get the rear screen to replicate what I see on my computer screen - I do that by adjusting the camera while holding it beside the computer screen while both are displaying the same image. I do that in the brightest daylight I get in my office, which is still much darker than sunlight outdoors, but it works for me.

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