Overus­ing Ac tive D-Light­ing

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Nikon’s Ac­tive D-Light­ing can be a great op­tion for au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just­ing bright­ness and con­trast – it’s use­ful in sit­u­a­tions where you’d strug­gle to re­veal de­tail in both the high­lights and the shad­ows of an im­age, par­tic­u­larly where you can’t use an ND grad or can’t face ad­di­tional edit­ing work later. How­ever, it can make low-con­trast scenes look flat, and it can also cause prob­lems if you’re ap­ply­ing ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion – a shot may still ap­pear too bright, even though you might have di­alled in some neg­a­tive ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion. As a re­sult, it may be worth de-ac­ti­vat­ing Ac­tive D-Light­ing in th­ese sit­u­a­tions.

Ac­tive D-Light­ing is use­ful, but re­serve the high­est set­ting for high-con­trast light­ing, and de-ac­ti­vate it for low-con­trast sub­jects. You can al­ways ap­ply it later when you process shots

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