You'll have to post up the processed RAW images when you get them done. I've been trying to follow most of the D300 talk over on dpreview.com, but it does seem most owners shoot in RAW. Very few examples of jpg straight out of the camera. I'd really like to see how well they clean up. I'd imagine the RAWs will look quite nice after a bit of PP. One of your shots looks really oversaturated, while another looks almost HDR-like. Where you pretty much sticking to the same contrast & color settings for everything, just changing aperture or ISO?pdslug wrote:Steve: Yes, its a new camera. I had a Nikon D70 prior. For this trip I shot RAW + jpeg (small). These are the jpegs... havent processed the RAWs yet.
They look pretty good to me focus-wise. It's hard to tell since these are fairly small, but they do look to be in focus. The last shot of the deer almost looks like the focus point is in front of the deer, but that's the only one that really stands out to me.I thought some of them didnt seem in real sharp focus -- not really sure what I did.
How many AF points do you have the camera set to? I obviously can't speak of the D300, but I know on my E-3 that I just ended up sticking mine on center focus point only. Some of my non-landscape shots were a bit off in the past because the camera decided to choose one of the (bad) AF points, which resulted in a wasted shot. With center only, I'd say I have about a 95% keeper rate.Most were on a tripod and I was normally using a small f-stop to try and get large depth of field... but I dont think I quite have the auto focus zones figured out -- disappointing.
I wish I could give you some hints specific to the D300. If you haven't already, I'd suggest reading up on how others are dealing with their D300 images on dpreview.com. Very helpful forum.However, I think the RAWs will be a little better and can correct exposures and sharpen some. Any other hints appreciated!
Yes, I had the saturation jacked-up. It worked well for landscapes with my D70, but with the D300 resulted in oversaturation at times. This wont matter on the RAWs. I normally shoot aperature preferred, and keep the ISO as low as I can (200). So normally just change the aperature. I do check the histograms and apply some + or - exposure comp if needed.One of your shots looks really oversaturated, while another looks almost HDR-like. Where you pretty much sticking to the same contrast & color settings for everything, just changing aperture or ISO?
The D300 can have upto 55 AF points or something crazy like that. I have it set on the one center point. I think sometimes when I have it on the tripod and have a shot with foreground and far away background, the center point isnt always going to get the background in focus... I think that may be my problem. the other possibility is vibration from the mirror - I havent tried the mirror lock-up feature yet, didnt think it was necessary. I think I just need to be more careful with the focus point.How many AF points do you have the camera set to?