Active D-Lighting on D810

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ericbowles Senior Member • Posts: 1,599
Re: Active D-Lighting on D810

Sagittarius wrote:

ericbowles wrote:

In some Nikon programs - Capture NX2 and NX Studio - you can change the tone curve setting during post processing. So if you had it set for ADL Low, you could change the tone curve to ADL Very High in post if you want. The look is different because the exposure adjustment would also need to be made in post. But if ADL was turned Off in the camera, you can't adjust it in post.

Yes, you can. I just tried in NX studio and you can turn on ADL to any value (Low, High and so on even though it was originally off.

Thanks for checking this.  In Capture NX2 you could not adjust it at all.

Thom Hogan in his book on D810 suggests to have ADL off unless you have a high contrast scene.

Even with a high contrast scene, I would only use ADL Normal or higher if my output was JPEG or TIFF.  For high contrast scenes a Neutral or Flat picture control is a starting point to reduce contrast.  The exposure change is a show stopper.

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