Using K5's dynamic range in JPEG

Started Mar 5, 2011 | Discussions
John Cafarella Contributing Member • Posts: 986
Using K5's dynamic range in JPEG

I usually shoot snapshots in JPEG, and in RAW for more serious stuff.

Like everyone else, I'm amazed with how much you can lift shadows in a RAW without degradation. I I got to thinking that it's a pity that there isn't a HDR'ish mode setting alongside Bright, Natural,Vibrant etc, so I set out to find some settings that would get maximum use of the K5's Dynamic range, and also trying to keep the image from looking too washed out.

Here's what I did:
Highlight Correction: ON
Shadow Correction : HIGH
Image tone: Bright
Saturation : +1
High/low key adj: -3
Contrast: -5
Contrast Highlight adj: +5
Contrast Shadow adj: +5

I then stored this into a User preset for easy access.

The pairs of shots below show the result, the first of each pair is default BRIGHT image tone with -1EV to prevent highlight clipping, , the second is the custom tone.

The shots are late afternoon with very deep shadows

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PG Thomas Contributing Member • Posts: 688
Re: Using K5's dynamic range in JPEG

John Cafarella wrote:

Contrast: -5
Contrast Highlight adj: +5
Contrast Shadow adj: +5

John I'm with you until you set the Contrast Highlight settings. Can't find these in the camera or in the manual.

Pete

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OP John Cafarella Contributing Member • Posts: 986
Re: Using K5's dynamic range in JPEG

Ah, there's a trick to that, I should have put that in the original post.

When you're in the screen where you set saturation etc, click the front e-dial once, the extra settings will appear.
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Benoz
Benoz Veteran Member • Posts: 6,242
Re: Using K5's dynamic range in JPEG

John Cafarella wrote:

Ah, there's a trick to that, I should have put that in the original post.

When you're in the screen where you set saturation etc, click the front e-dial once, the extra settings will appear.
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Hi John,
I think the settings go up to -+4 not -+5.
BTW I like your settings.
Thanks!

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Brad99 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,145
Re: Using K5's dynamic range in JPEG

Now that's useful. Is this level of DR control in jpgs the best in the current crop of APS-C cameras I wonder?

OP John Cafarella Contributing Member • Posts: 986
Re: Using K5's dynamic range in JPEG

Benoz wrote:

Hi John,
I think the settings go up to -+4 not -+5.
BTW I like your settings.
Thanks!

Yeah you're right, I can't count!
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