Bring out the de­tail

Use Ac­tive D-Light­ing to cap­ture more de­tail in high-con­trast con­di­tions

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There are many light­ing con­di­tions when it’s nighim­pos­si­ble to keep de­tail in the high­lights and shad­ows. To help you get bet­ter re­sults when shoot­ing high­con­trast sub­jects, many Nikon SLRs have a fea­ture called Ac­tive D-light­ing.

Ac­tive D-light­ing ad­justs the con­trast in the im­age to in­crease the shadow and high­light de­tail. There are dif­fer­ent strength set­tings avail­able. These range from a low set­ting, which ap­plies a small amount of con­trast ad­just­ment, to a high (or even ex­tra high), which should only be used in ex­tremely high-con­trast light­ing.

Like any ef­fect, Ac­tive D-light­ing is not some­thing that you want to leave on all of the time. In lower-con­trast con­di­tions the pro­cess­ing can re­duce the con­trast too much, giv­ing a flat, dull im­age.

Like most in-cam­era af­fects, Ac­tive D-Light­ing only per­ma­nently af­fects JPEGs. Open RAW files in Nikon’s own soft­ware to ap­ply it to them

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