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

Started Jan 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
david tittermary Contributing Member • Posts: 560
Re: Here you go Ed ..............

emem wrote:

Qwntm wrote:

When you were one of the only people having a problem, people were not too thrilled about claims that the K-3 was a bad camera... That was really the only problem.

I would do a complete factory reset and start over. Turn the HIgh ISO noise Reduction off and turn the AFA to AF-s and see where your at.

I bet your photos improve dramatically.

No, they won't. Here's a sample.

I've turned High ISO Noise Reduction to Auto. I've turned Slow Shutter Speed Noise Reduction to Auto. I never have my camera set to AF-A. I've set my camera to the Custom Image settings suggested by David Tittermary. I never fully believed your assertion about the noise reduction being the problem (or possibly ANY problem) but was hardly in a position to argue a case, but now I'm getting close. Time will tell. In the meantime, have a look at the image below, shot at 6400 ISO with NR set to Auto. Shot in a reasonably dark corner of a shed. I opened it in ACDsee and applied a little NR then resized it for here, otherwise it's as taken. Enlarge it to 100% and see if you'd be happy with it had you taken it?

Can you tell me here what settings to use to replicate the problem you were getting with aggressive NR? I'd like to try it from scratch.

I think what what Ed was saying and I agree (but it was not your major issue) is the the auto NR will variably degrade the image and give similar results to what you were seeing ie smudged details in lower light outside overcast type lighting. To avoid this random degradation if you turn the auto NR and set it to a level you're comfortable with you can avoid this. Again at the risk of sounding like a broken record I suggest turning it completely off along with sharpening and just do it post, take 2 seconds and gives you the control.

It would appear the baseline setting I suggested are giving you a nice contrasty fairly vivid image which from your work i have seen seems to be what you're looking for.

I understand you're not big on raw and I am sure your know this but you can set up a little recipe in your raw program that suits your taste apply this on import into your post software and you can have a nice image thats close to what you  want with very little effort once you set this up. This allows your take advantage of the increase DR and Sharpness raw can give you, or not just throwing it out there.

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