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Nikon Active D-Lighting

Nikon Active D-Lighting can help to balance photo exposures. Find out more here.

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Nikon Active D-Lighting: D lighting
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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.

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kenikon Avatar
kenikon 12 5
4 Jan 2014 6:54AM
Does Active D lighting have any effect if you shoot RAW?
emmaK22 Avatar
emmaK22 Plus
12 166 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 4:13PM
Hi Ken,

I think it does have an effect, but there is a forum topic on the subject here:

Hopefully this can help you.

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