D300 Shooting Mode Samples

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Joe Josephs Senior Member • Posts: 1,836
D300 Shooting Mode Samples

I used a few masterworks at NYC's MET museum to compare seven shooting modes.

The set below and the other sets available at http://jimi1127.smugmug.com/gallery/4031781#234711527 all progress in the following order:

Standard - Neutral - Vivid - D2X Mode I - D2X Mode II, D2X Mode III and finally Ken Rockwell's High Saturation Settings.

Tried my best to control those pesky variables - Used 50mm 1.8, Tripod, Timer,

A Priority, RGB Adobe, Auto White Balance, AF-S, ISO 200, Noise & Sharpening OFF. Gallery lighting was consistent.

Bottom line for me (and I assume you too) is subject matter determines settings (especially shooting mode choice) but I found the results a decent illustration of the choices open to us.

Apartment Houses, Paris, 1946
Jean Dubuffet (French, 1901–1985)
Standard Mode

Neutral Mode

Vivid

D2X Mode I

D2X Mode II

D2X Mode III

Ken Rockwell

steves7k Contributing Member • Posts: 626
Re: D300 Shooting Mode Samples

thank you for that
i had been wondering if it was worth the time to load up the d2x settings
now i don't think i will

breivogel Senior Member • Posts: 2,260
Re: D300 Shooting Mode Samples

Which one best represents the original art?

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D200 Picture Control...

You know the funny thing is, with a NEF file, you can even apply the Picture Style settings for D200 images, after the fact in Capture NX. Also the D2x modes too. Although from my experience in playing with those options, the standard D200 output usually looks better to me. I'm sure those pictrure style settings aren't intended for D200 NEF files though. Just found it curious you can do that in NX.

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OP Joe Josephs Senior Member • Posts: 1,836
Re: D300 Shooting Mode Samples

breivogel wrote:

Which one best represents the original art?

A darn good question and not easy to answer. Each of us has different & unique visual system but my sixty-one year old eyes 'sees' Neutral, Standard and D2X Mode I as close to the 'real' thing.

Intrepid24 Contributing Member • Posts: 534
Re: D300 Shooting Mode Samples

Joe Josephs wrote:

breivogel wrote:

Which one best represents the original art?

A darn good question and not easy to answer. Each of us has different
& unique visual system but my sixty-one year old eyes 'sees' Neutral,
Standard and D2X Mode I as close to the 'real' thing.

Sixty-one, good for you. I'm not trailing you by much...
No wonder you have a knack at this.

The ken rockwell had me roaring. Hey Joe, it's not saturated enough!

DezM
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Re: D300 Shooting Mode Samples

Interesting results Joe. It seems that the D300's "Vivid" setting is similar to the D2X Mode III setting, except it displays reds differently.

Also, how did you manage to use a tripod at the museum??

BTW, thanks for the heads up. I picked it up today and I am quite pleased
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OP Joe Josephs Senior Member • Posts: 1,836
Re: D300 Shooting Mode Samples

DezM wrote:

Interesting results Joe. It seems that the D300's "Vivid" setting is
similar to the D2X Mode III setting, except it displays reds
differently.

Also, how did you manage to use a tripod at the museum??

BTW, thanks for the heads up. I picked it up today and I am quite
pleased

Ahhh, enjoy that new glass and by all means post some images soon.

I agree about the similarity between D300 Vivid & D2X Mode III. They both pack enough saturation punch without appearing cartoonish. One thing I come away with from this test is a willingness to shoot in Standard & Neutral, capture an accurate base image and afterwards apply filters & effects.

As to the MET & tripods - they're allowed on weekdays but NOT weekends. Of course flash is strictly verboten. Strangely my beloved Musuem of Natural History allows flash but not tripods (they do, however accommodate Triceratops)
http://www.amnh.org/
http://www.metmuseum.org/

RomanJohnston
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LOLOLOLOL!!!!! That last one made me laugh!!!

Thanks for cheering up my morning.

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DezM
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Joe

Joe Josephs wrote:

DezM wrote:

Interesting results Joe. It seems that the D300's "Vivid" setting is
similar to the D2X Mode III setting, except it displays reds
differently.

Also, how did you manage to use a tripod at the museum??

BTW, thanks for the heads up. I picked it up today and I am quite
pleased

Ahhh, enjoy that new glass and by all means post some images soon.

I agree about the similarity between D300 Vivid & D2X Mode III. They
both pack enough saturation punch without appearing cartoonish. One
thing I come away with from this test is a willingness to shoot in
Standard & Neutral, capture an accurate base image and afterwards
apply filters & effects.

As to the MET & tripods - they're allowed on weekdays but NOT
weekends. Of course flash is strictly verboten. Strangely my beloved
Musuem of Natural History allows flash but not tripods (they do,
however accommodate Triceratops)
http://www.amnh.org/
http://www.metmuseum.org/

Thanks for the heads up, but curious.......did you need the tripod w/the D300? You could've use ISO 3200 as I did downtown at the American Indian Museum.

Last night i was trying to sneak onto some state property to get a shot of this building that i've been wanting to shoot for awhile but couldn't get in. I will disclose the location later when I successfully capture this building. Don't want to jinx it
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hammonda1 Regular Member • Posts: 162
Re: D300 Shooting Mode Samples

Good post

Ken Rockwell's OTT

Otherwise good pic's
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hammonda1 Regular Member • Posts: 162
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I especially liked the D2X Mode III image because of the REDS.

As the photographer which mode gave the most accurate colour reproduction?

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OP Joe Josephs Senior Member • Posts: 1,836
Re: D300 Shooting Mode Samples

hammonda1 wrote:

I especially liked the D2X Mode III image because of the REDS.

As the photographer which mode gave the most accurate colour
reproduction?

Hi Dave. To my eyes Neutral - Standard - D2X Mode I were closest to reality. But as I indicated in a previous response - one person's reality is another person's fantasy (or bad trip as we said back in the day). What I'm now leaning towards is capturing 'accurate images' and then alter to heart's content with PS, Nik Filters et al.

JulianK Regular Member • Posts: 263
Re: D300 Shooting Mode Samples

Thank you for the tests. It will be probably impossible in a museum environment, but it would be interesting to place next to a subject like this a GretagMacbeth ColorChecker. Obviously, it can be done in a studio but would be interesting with a test like yours also.

Certainly a matter of personal preference. I like the Neutral mode. At this point I might be biased - I found it most acceptable to judge portrait photography prior to any PP, and to minimize PP.

I Googled the painting you photographed and got back a different painting. I was just curious how how other images are presented. I am wondering whether there is maybe more than one painting with the same title.

BTW - Triceratops get spooked by tripods. I hope this explains this.

OP Joe Josephs Senior Member • Posts: 1,836
Re: D300 Shooting Mode Samples

JulianK wrote:

Thank you for the tests. It will be probably impossible in a museum
environment, but it would be interesting to place next to a subject
like this a GretagMacbeth ColorChecker. Obviously, it can be done in
a studio but would be interesting with a test like yours also.

Certainly a matter of personal preference. I like the Neutral mode.
At this point I might be biased - I found it most acceptable to judge
portrait photography prior to any PP, and to minimize PP.

I Googled the painting you photographed and got back a different
painting. I was just curious how how other images are presented. I
am wondering whether there is maybe more than one painting with the
same title.

I probably messed up the name of the painting. My google search also brought up a different canvas. I'll check the MET's home page.

Agree with you about Neutral (and Standard as well). They both produce close-to-reality images. When I want a bit more in-camera saturation I use D2X Mode III. All other image tweaks I leave to post processing.

JulianK Regular Member • Posts: 263
Re: D300 Shooting Mode Samples

I am fine with your error. I guess we will get more tests from the MET ... just kidding. Thank you again!

Joe Josephs wrote:

I probably messed up the name of the painting. My google search also
brought up a different canvas. I'll check the MET's home page.
Agree with you about Neutral (and Standard as well). They both
produce close-to-reality images. When I want a bit more in-camera
saturation I use D2X Mode III. All other image tweaks I leave to post
processing.

Phobos 790 Contributing Member • Posts: 626
Re: D300 Shooting Mode Samples

The D2X mode I is great for natural skin tones. I'm glad i took the few minutes for the download...

Thanks for the color modes demonstration.

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the more abstract the better

breivogel Senior Member • Posts: 2,260
Neutral mode

If you use this, or the D2X modes, you should set the brightness to -1. This reduces the tendency of the D300 to make images look a bit washed out. Nikon recommends doing the for the D2X controls.

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