Nikon D70/Unsharp Mark/Capture/Defaults

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Stephen P., Jul 23, 2005.

  1. Stephen P.

    Stephen P. Guest


    I've had my D70 for several months now and I very happy with it (and more
    importantly the images!). However, like most people, I'd always like to
    improve things.

    I've lately been musing on the topic of sharpening, and reading up on the
    web. I main use the D70 in Landscape or Aperture Priority Mode. I mainly use
    Capture 4 for post processing (both RAW and JPEGs), although have recently
    bought Photoshop CS2, but I haven't really started to play with this yet.
    Most of the time I shoot the highest quality JPEG's, but occassionally if a)
    it seems like a particularly nice composition or b) tricky lighting
    conditions, I shot in RAW.

    My question relates to the in-camera sharpening. I have read that this
    introduces more noise and I should set this to none, and apply unsharp mask
    in Capture or Edge Sharp in PS (I think it was Edge Sharp, something like
    that). I have done that under Custom Mode which, as I understand it, WILL
    effect my AP (or manual or shutter priorty) shots but NOT the landscape mode
    ones. Would I be correct in also thinking that this will only effect the
    JPEGs and not the RAWs? Surely a RAW is raw and there is NO in camera
    processing? If so I think I might turn it back on - I take hundreds of
    pictures and only a handful (usually the RAW ones) are ones that I want to
    do extensive post processing on. Would a good default configuration be to
    have the sharpening switched on in the camera for the day to day shots, but
    then use the Capture/PS facilities for sharpening my RAW images, which are
    usually the 'special' ones?

    I'm rambling aren't I ?!? Advice on users own default setting would be
    helpful/useful/interesting !

    Stephen P., Jul 23, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    One might say that.

    First you choose whether you want to have full control over your images. If
    the answer is yes, then the in camera settings don't mean a whole lot.
    However, you need to be aware Capture will read these AND use them as the
    defaults when you process images unless you override these settings. Other
    raw converters such as Adobe ACR or Pixmantec's free RSE do not use the in
    camera settings as defaults. By making this choice you then need to post
    process each image.

    The other side is if you don't want to process every image, then you have
    to choose so settings and shoot jpeg. You are then at the mercy of your
    choices for sharpness, tone comp, saturation, etc. Depending on the image
    and your choices, this may mean the loss of information which can never be

    You have to choose what processing flow you are willing to do. Even when
    shooting jpeg in my 990 and 5700 I chose no sharpening or tone comp . It
    then still means one needs to post process..

    It's your choice.
    Ed Ruf, Jul 23, 2005
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  3. Stephen P.

    Stephen P. Guest

    OK, I think I'll pop out tomorrow and take some test shots with the
    differing in-camera settings and see what that gives me. I went through the
    same loop with the in-camera saturation settings and finished up with it on
    'normal' - ie. the default !

    Thanks a lot for the advice.
    Stephen P., Jul 24, 2005
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    frederick Guest

    Just to add some confusion, I find that slight "over-sharpening" can
    look better printed. An unsharpened, or insufficiently sharpened image
    tends to look too smooth when printed - to my eye anyway. OTOH
    over-sharpening doesn't look that great on screen - especially when you
    look close.
    frederick, Jul 24, 2005
  5. Stephen P.

    Ed Ruf Guest

    Saturation is the least destructive setting. Tone comp and sharpening are
    the more destructive ones. Tone comp can blow out highlights. If you
    intend to do any editing of even jpegs (rotation, cropping, etc), best to
    set these to none imo. In a decent workflow, sharpening should be your last
    Ed Ruf, Jul 24, 2005
  6. Stephen P.

    Ed Ruf Guest

    One can argue about the amount of sharpening. however it is quite
    universally agreed it should be the last thing applied to an image. So if
    you will do any editing, even simple cropping, then it's best to turn
    sharpening off if shooting jpeg.
    Ed Ruf, Jul 24, 2005
  7. Stephen P.

    frederick Guest

    I agree with you 100% on that.
    frederick, Jul 24, 2005
  8. Stephen P.

    Stephen P. Guest

    Yes I do quite often crop, even on the jpegs. I'll go ahead with my
    experiment anyway, but it sounds like I'll be turning the in-camera
    sharpening off.

    I do do the sharpening last. In Capture I tend to apply Intensity 40, Radius
    3, Threshold 10 to start with and then zoom to 100% on something with detail
    and change the 3 settings either side of those original positions till I
    like it. I then move to something with no detail and see how much noise
    there is.

    In the old days I only had to worry about what a) what film, b) what camera
    exposure, c) what grade paper and d) what enlarger exposure. And I guess a
    bit of dodging/burning. And who says digital is easier !?!?!
    Stephen P., Jul 24, 2005
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