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Sep 22, 2022 15:27:58   #
prcb1949 Loc: Ex Zimbabwe - Now UK
 
Hi there. I have heard that one should turn active D lighting off - others recommend it being on-Auto. What would you recommend??

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Sep 22, 2022 15:38:50   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
It might be a personal choice thing.

https://expertphotography.com/nikons-active-d-lighting

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Sep 22, 2022 15:49:46   #
TonyP Loc: New Zealand
 
prcb1949 wrote:
Hi there. I have heard that one should turn active D lighting off - others recommend it being on-Auto. What would you recommend??


If you use shoot RAW you dont need it and its not available.
Great option tho for jpeg if you are faced with high contrast conditions.

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Sep 22, 2022 16:11:29   #
Ysarex Loc: St. Louis
 
TonyP wrote:
If you use shoot RAW you dont need it and its not available.
Great option tho for jpeg if you are faced with high contrast conditions.


If you shoot raw it is available but I agree not needed. It can (setting dependent) effect your raw file by altering exposure.

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Sep 22, 2022 17:22:58   #
TonyP Loc: New Zealand
 
Nope. Just checked my D7100 and the option is greyed out. Switch to jpeg's + RAW and its available.

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Sep 22, 2022 17:26:47   #
Ysarex Loc: St. Louis
 
TonyP wrote:
Nope. Just checked my D7100 and the option is greyed out. Switch to jpeg's + RAW and its available.

Just checked my Z7 which is set to save raw only. Active D lighting is available at all levels. Maybe the difference is old/new cameras.

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Sep 22, 2022 17:35:27   #
prcb1949 Loc: Ex Zimbabwe - Now UK
 
I guess I will try shooting with and without and see if I can discern and marked difference
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Sep 22, 2022 18:43:42   #
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prcb1949 wrote:
I guess I will try shooting with and without and see if I can discern and marked difference
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That violates UHH Sacred Tradition .... but Im with you 100% on that. Do it !

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FWIW I leave it on all the time. And I like to leave some space on the highlite side of the histogram. No ETTR cult for me. Im very protective of my highlights. I usually do raw+jpeg, so I have some "insurance". The ETTR cult may point out that Im not *maximizing* my raw files. Thaz true but not a real-world problem.

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Sep 22, 2022 19:34:06   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
TonyP wrote:
Nope. Just checked my D7100 and the option is greyed out. Switch to jpeg's + RAW and its available.

Set it to only RAW only and then evaluate what is available.

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Sep 22, 2022 19:35:08   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
prcb1949 wrote:
I guess I will try shooting with and without and see if I can discern and marked difference
!


Do you shoot JPEG or RAW? That's the determining factor.

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Sep 22, 2022 20:30:10   #
Ysarex Loc: St. Louis
 
prcb1949 wrote:
I guess I will try shooting with and without and see if I can discern and marked difference
!


Paul's question is pertinent. ADL is a JPEG function. If you don't want the JPEGs from the camera then it has no value -- no benefit for raw only shooters.

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Sep 22, 2022 21:24:47   #
TonyP Loc: New Zealand
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
Set it to only RAW only and then evaluate what is available.


Its always set to just RAW. And as I say, the option for D Lighting is greyed out. As an experiment I changed it to RAW PLUS jpeg and the option was available.

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Sep 22, 2022 21:59:18   #
Ysarex Loc: St. Louis
 
TonyP wrote:
Its always set to just RAW. And as I say, the option for D Lighting is greyed out. As an experiment I changed it to RAW PLUS jpeg and the option was available.

The menu option should be for Active D-Lighting and not D Lighting. D Lighting is a different function.

I just looked at your camera's instruction manual and I'd draw the conclusion from what's in the manual that Active D-Lighting should work on your camera when set to raw only. It certainly does work on my Z7 when set to raw only.

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Sep 22, 2022 23:08:13   #
fredpnm Loc: Corrales, NM
 
Ysarex wrote:
The menu option should be for Active D-Lighting and not D Lighting. D Lighting is a different function.

I just looked at your camera's instruction manual and I'd draw the conclusion from what's in the manual that Active D-Lighting should work on your camera when set to raw only. It certainly does work on my Z7 when set to raw only.


So can you tell us how you can tell it is working for RAW images - display on the camera as you are taking photos?

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Sep 22, 2022 23:36:49   #
Ysarex Loc: St. Louis
 
fredpnm wrote:
So can you tell us how you can tell it is working for RAW images - display on the camera as you are taking photos?


It doesn't work for raw images -- it's a JPEG function designed to create a JPEG in high contrast light that has better highlight/shadow rendition. It can affect raw files by reducing exposure.

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