Nikon Picture Controls: how to master image colour and tone

    By | Nikon DSLR Tips | Tutorials | 31/08/2012 06:00am
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    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.

    How to use your Nikon Picture Controls - Step 1

    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.

     

    How to use your Nikon Picture Controls - Step 2

    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.

     

    How to use your Nikon Picture Controls - Step 3

    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.

     

    How to use your Nikon Picture Controls - Step 4

    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.

     

    How to use your Nikon Picture Controls - Step 5

    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.

     

    How to use your Nikon Picture Controls - Step 6

    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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