Nikon Picture Controls: how to master image colour and tone
Learn how to take complete control of your image’s colours and tones with the Nikon Picture Controls, a powerful set of in-camera processing options. In our tutorial below we show you how to use your Nikon Picture Controls and fine tune their effect, then suggest several ways you can get creative with them.
01 Set the Picture Controls
You’ll find the Picture Controls on the Shooting menu. Standard is the everyday default, but use Neutral for subtler colours or Vivid for a stronger effect.
02 Fine-tune the effect
If you highlight a Picture Control on the menu and press the right button on the multi-selector, you can use these sliders to adjust the effect.
03 Go black and white
The Monochrome option is especially powerful. You can simulate different black and white filters, such as red and yellow, and toning effects such as Sepia.
04 Make manual adjustments
If you do adjust the Picture Controls in this way, they’re marked with an asterisk in the Shooting menu as a visual reminder that they’ve been changed.
05 Explore the RAW options
If you shoot JPEGs, the Picture Control is applied permanently to the image. But if you shoot RAW, you can open the image in View NX 2 or Capture NX 2 and alter it later.
06 Use Adobe Camera Raw
Be aware that with non-Nikon software, such as Adobe Camera Raw, the Picture Control option will be ignored and you’ll have to make any adjustments manually.
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on Friday, August 31st, 2012 at 6:00 am under Nikon DSLR Tips, Tutorials.
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