Optional Picture Control

picture control in cameraA few weeks back a fellow classmate of mine asked me for some tips for the Nikon D300 which we both have. I agreed I would post a few that I knew of for her. Unfortunately I have been busy and to be honest I could not remember any D300 specific tips that is till now.

My D300 was preloaded with 4 Picture Control settings from the factory. Now for those of you who don’t know what the picture control settings are, take a look under the “Shooting Menu” in your camera. There you will find “Set Picture Control” which allows you to choose a preset that allows you to apply a post processing setting to your image after it is shot. My D300 had Standard,Neutral,Vivid and Monochrome installed. Different Nikon cameras may have more.

When I started using Lightroom and I downloaded the camera profile presets, I noticed there were way more than my camera had so I did some searching on the net only to find out there yes there were some more I could download.

If you visit the link here you will find a complete list of the downloadable optional picture control settings that you can upload to your camera. As you will notice there is one setting named “D2X” this is not just for the camera D2X it applies to all the cameras listing so don’t leave it behind.

Now downloading these presets is one thing, installing them is a whole other ball of wax. Go to the link here and follow the instruction there. It is not to hard and once you’re it is good to go to use when you are shooting. Unfortunately on a D300 you can’t fit the Portrait, Landscape and the 3 D2X controls on your camera. What you can do is create the one you can’t fit on your own and save it in your custom library set.

In Lightroom you can install the camera profile preset that go with these camera settings. Download them here at Lightroom Killer Tips. And if you have ViewNX or CaptureNX you can create your own and upload them to your camera too.

For more on Nikon’s Picture Control System check out this link here or here. Both sight explain a lot of this hidden feature that not many people use.

I hope this was something new for some of you and please note this applies to a lot of Nikon’s DSLRs. Enjoy!

One Response

  1. Danielle Arsenault

    Great Steve!

    Thanks for the links! It’ll make me surf on the Web for a while!

    May 14, 2010 at 07:02

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