D-Lighting off D-Lighting on
When shooting with direct midday sun, it can be difficult to get a flattering image, as shadows will be harsh and can create unwanted dark areas, whether you're shooting portraits or landscapes.
Active D-Lighting for Nikon is able to optimise high contrast images to restore shadowy areas and highlight details that can be lost when strong lighting increases the contrast between bright and dark areas.
Active D-Lighting is exclusively able to automatically readjust midtone contrast, making the overall image look more natural.
When active D-Lighting is chosen on a Nikon DSLR, the camera's matrix meter identifies the amount of contrast in the scene. It is then able to process the final picture with an appropriate amount of compensation to lighten the shadows in the scene.
Active D-Lighting can be set to operate at four different levels; low, normal, high and extra high, and the feature can be set to operate manually or automatically. Then images above were taken with the Nikon D5300.