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  • dlowwa
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    Originally posted by Adam Quinn View Post
    I can't find the D-Lighting function in the settings or in the manual?
    It was just a guess. Not sure if it's even available on that early a model.

    Originally posted by Adam Quinn View Post
    I do use the de-haze a LOT, I do increase shadows, but with highlights and whites
    There's your problem right there.

    Originally posted by Adam Quinn View Post
    Is it best to stick to contrast, exposure and sharpening enhancements?
    Yup.

    Originally posted by Adam Quinn View Post
    I have noticed when looking through the RAW files that the contrast is very low, in comparison to the edited versions, I think if I took a picture with my phone, the contrast would be much more reasonable, seems my RAW photos lack basic contrast
    Because RAW photos are just that, raw images with zero processing applied. All images from your phone have been processed before you even see them.

    Originally posted by Adam Quinn View Post
    The cameras max resolution is 3002x2000, So the max length of JP photos of is 1920, that means I've over 1000 pixels of excess to work with correct?
    ~ 1000 for cropping yes, but then you would nothing left for sizing down. Sizing down hides A LOT of flaws. You can make a noisy, blurry 6000pix image look almost perfect if you size it down to 1000. You don't need to size down, but if you're not, as I said, you have little to no margin for error - your images need to pretty much perfect straight out of the camera.

    Originally posted by Adam Quinn View Post
    If I can't get closer then I'd have to look at larger lenses, as I understand it, currently I have frequent issues with softness, is that purely down to hardware (lens quality) or camera settings? [ATTACH=CONFIG]24193[/ATTACH] This photo that is in the queue now was taken with an Nikon AF-S lens, was there a noticeable improvement from my previous photos?
    Sharpness is ok, but there are other issues.

    Originally posted by Adam Quinn View Post
    Could the blurryness be fixed in anyway? I use a tripod which is a bit stiff but I've seen better photos with using the tripod.
    Unless you manage to hide it as I've mentioned above, blurriness is generally not fixable.

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  • Adam Quinn
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    Originally posted by dlowwa View Post
    The overprocessing in your images is actually mostly editing halos. The first thing I'd do is make sure the in-camera 'D-lighting' function is off. If not that, editing settings such as de-haze, clarity, shadow/highlight are also likely culprits. The contrast issues are mostly to do with the conditions you are shooting in, so that can be addressed without worrying about equipment.
    I can't find the D-Lighting function in the settings or in the manual? I do use the de-haze a LOT, I do increase shadows, but with highlights and whites, I don't know which does which. Is it best to stick to contrast, exposure and sharpening enhancements? I have learnt to stick to direct sunlight, my last spotting trip was a huge success (in terms of weather for me anyway). I have noticed when looking through the RAW files that the contrast is very low, in comparison to the edited versions, I think if I took a picture with my phone, the contrast would be much more reasonable, seems my RAW photos lack basic contrast (I assume a fix would be in-camera settings tone or saturation? I just hope that if I oversaturate then it is reversible and not end up with 800 unusable photos.)

    Originally posted by dlowwa View Post
    You should be able to get acceptable results from the D50 as long as you realize that such a relatively low pixel count will give you a very low margin for error, due to the fact that you won't be able to crop much, nor be able to hide any flaws by down-sizing from a much higher resolution image. You'll need to maximize your results by getting as close to your subjects as possible.
    The cameras max resolution is 3002x2000, So the max length of JP photos of is 1920, that means I've over 1000 pixels of excess to work with correct? If I can't get closer then I'd have to look at larger lenses, as I understand it, currently I have frequent issues with softness, is that purely down to hardware (lens quality) or camera settings? Click image for larger version

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ID:	1034902 This photo that is in the queue now was taken with an Nikon AF-S lens, was there a noticeable improvement from my previous photos? Then becomes a question of AF/AF-S or Nikon/3rd Party... Could the blurryness be fixed in anyway? I use a tripod which is a bit stiff but I've seen better photos with using the tripod.

    Cheers, Adam

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  • dlowwa
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    Originally posted by Adam Quinn View Post
    Hi there,
    I've been using a hand-me-down Nikon D50 with a Tamron LD Di II AF 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 Macro lens for around 10 months now. I've had some success (getting photos on JP) but also a large amount of inconsistency. My photos have gradually improved as I've researched settings and improved techniques etc, but I just wanted to know if there's anything that ex/current D50 or older nikon users would suggest.
    I frequently get over-processed and contrast rejections, I was wondering how I increase contrast without over-processing further (I understand over-processing is over-saturation of colours, but does increasing contrast do this anyway)
    I shoot shutter priority, at 200 iso, mainly 1/400-1/1200.
    My prescreening thread (thanks to dlowwa for a huge amount of time and input) - https://forums.jetphotos.com/showthr...Editing-Advice
    I'll attach some edited examples and I welcome all suggestion and comments on how I could improve
    [ATTACH=CONFIG]24187[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]24188[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]24189[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]24190[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]24191[/ATTACH]
    The overprocessing in your images is actually mostly editing halos. The first thing I'd do is make sure the in-camera 'D-lighting' function is off. If not that, editing settings such as de-haze, clarity, shadow/highlight are also likely culprits. The contrast issues are mostly to do with the conditions you are shooting in, so that can be addressed without worrying about equipment.

    You should be able to get acceptable results from the D50 as long as you realize that such a relatively low pixel count will give you a very low margin for error, due to the fact that you won't be able to crop much, nor be able to hide any flaws by down-sizing from a much higher resolution image. You'll need to maximize your results by getting as close to your subjects as possible.

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  • Adam Quinn
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    Nikon D50 Performance/Photo Quality

    Hi there,
    I've been using a hand-me-down Nikon D50 with a Tamron LD Di II AF 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 Macro lens for around 10 months now. I've had some success (getting photos on JP) but also a large amount of inconsistency. My photos have gradually improved as I've researched settings and improved techniques etc, but I just wanted to know if there's anything that ex/current D50 or older nikon users would suggest.
    I frequently get over-processed and contrast rejections, I was wondering how I increase contrast without over-processing further (I understand over-processing is over-saturation of colours, but does increasing contrast do this anyway)
    I shoot shutter priority, at 200 iso, mainly 1/400-1/1200.
    My prescreening thread (thanks to dlowwa for a huge amount of time and input) - https://forums.jetphotos.com/showthr...Editing-Advice
    I'll attach some edited examples and I welcome all suggestion and comments on how I could improve
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