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Nov 24, 2018 07:56:20   #
bobishkan
 
A Nikon Digital Field Guide by Dennis Thomas for my D3300 says that "The brightness and saturation options are unavailable when you turn on Active D Lighting". I can't find that anywhere else or in the results of the final pictures taken. Is he correct? Thanks Bob

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Nov 24, 2018 08:08:49   #
Rab-Eye (a regular here)
 
Turn on Active D Lighting and then see if you can adjust brightness or saturation.

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Nov 24, 2018 08:20:10   #
cameraf4 (a regular here)
 
A number of the controls on your Nikon will be unavailable if you are shooting RAW/NEF. Do like the "Rab-Eye" says and see what works.

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Nov 24, 2018 08:23:23   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
I shoot RAW all the time and I also have the Active D Lighting on all the time and I can adjust brightness and saturation when I do the RAW conversion.

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Nov 24, 2018 08:37:55   #
Bultaco (a regular here)
 
I was curious so I took 4 shots, one each with active D, two in M mode and 2 in auto. Both NEF and jpegs looked the same.

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Nov 24, 2018 08:41:17   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
My NEF and JPEG are always exactly the same before I made any adjustment to the NEF during the conversion.

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Nov 24, 2018 08:46:41   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
One also loses the possibility of a RAW capture, as well. Something I'd never want to give up.
--Bob
bobishkan wrote:
A Nikon Digital Field Guide by Dennis Thomas for my D3300 says that "The brightness and saturation options are unavailable when you turn on Active D Lighting". I can't find that anywhere else or in the results of the final pictures taken. Is he correct? Thanks Bob

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Nov 25, 2018 10:44:59   #
Dngallagher (a regular here)
 
bobishkan wrote:
A Nikon Digital Field Guide by Dennis Thomas for my D3300 says that "The brightness and saturation options are unavailable when you turn on Active D Lighting". I can't find that anywhere else or in the results of the final pictures taken. Is he correct? Thanks Bob


FWIW: when I shot Nikon, ADL was a pain in my butt. It is a picture control that mainly needs Nikon software to effect a JPG.

If you check the histogram or “chimp” your shots, they look fine, but if you also shoot raw and process in Lightroom, or a non Nikon app, the raws will be underexposed. On import they look fine, because the embedded preview is displayed on screen, but as the previews are built from the raw data, the picture controls, including ADL are ignored and they all darken right before your eyes!

I shot Nikon, raw only, and used Aperture then Lightroom to process my raws, so ADL was always turned off for me.

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Nov 25, 2018 12:55:07   #
tomcat
 
bobishkan wrote:
A Nikon Digital Field Guide by Dennis Thomas for my D3300 says that "The brightness and saturation options are unavailable when you turn on Active D Lighting". I can't find that anywhere else or in the results of the final pictures taken. Is he correct? Thanks Bob


In your camera adjustments then yes the camera settings are unavailable when in ADL. But in PP, you can adjust all you want to. ADL takes over the settings in the camera because it needs to control them for maximum exposure effect of reducing the contrast between highlights and shadows. The owners manual will explain

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