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I think many people who got Nikon D100 feel depressed
its under exposed pictures at first.
It is not a big problem for parsons who are good at photo
retouching. But it is a big issue for many D100 users.
I would like to suggest an effective solution applying custom
tone compensation to cope with this issue.
I already suggested this solution in Japan, and many people recognized
its effectiveness, and applied it.
Its outline is shifting gamma curve upward by utilizing the
Custom Tone Compensation equipped D100 to brighten dark pictures
without +EV compensation to avoid occurring blow out..
I would like to present to Nikon D100 users tips of how to set Custom
Warning : It is not versatile solution of D100's under exposure issue.
How to set Custom Tone Compensation.
- Install Nikon Capture 3
You can use your trial version attaching with Nikon D100.
Nikon@Capture 3 and 4 are already end of sale. So the trial
version of Nikon Camera Control Pro is available for 30days after
download from here.
- Take some pictures in RAW mode (NEF format), no exposure
compensatio,. normal tone compensation, and select average dark
picture as a sample.
- Connect D100 to PC by USB cable and turn on D100
Then open Nikon Capture Camera Control.
- Select Camera(C)Then select Edit
Tone Compensation Table in pull down menu.
- Open a sample picture like Fig. 1.
The picture is dark and the histogram chart is shifted left
side. (Dark side)
- Adjust the tone curve.
There are two ways to set Custom Tone Compensation.
One is pulled up the center of the tone curve like Fig.2.
The other is moved the gray slider to 1.10 or 1.25 like Fig.3.
(Fig.2) Curve A
Click on the tone curve and lift left/upward, then the chart of
the histogram would be shifted to center
(fig.3) Curve B
Move the gray slider under the histogram to left or input figure
- Click "OK" and the setting data will be transferred to
- Open D100's menu and set the tone compensation "Custom".
If you are dissatisfied with the setting, you can try again.
- I highly recommend the way of shifting gray slider if you are
not good at handling tone curve.
Comparison of compensated images and histograms.
| 1. Tone Compensation; Normal,
| 2. Tone Compensation; Custom Curve
| 3. Tone Compensation; Cistom Curve
Brightened but lower contrast than previous one.
| 4. Tone Compensation; Normal,
Brightened. But brow out is occurred on the ground of
| 5. Tone Compensation;
Custom Curve A, retouched color level, tone, and
color balance by PhotoShop.
You can see the ideal shaped histogram and the
Q & A
They are typical questions and answers about the Custom Tone
Compensation I have ever had.
Q: Is there any deteriorating image data in highlight and dark
aria by setting Custom Tone Compensation?
A: It only adjust mid-tone aria. So any defeat is not occurred
in highlight and dark aria.
Q: Which is better between the Custom Tone setting and post processing
A: As long as you shoot by JPEG format, Custom Tone setting is
better than post processing. Images are processed by
12bits on each color channel in case of the Custom Tone setting,
But Jpeg files are 8 bits on each channel. Logically,
12bits processing is better than 8bits processing.
In case of LAW or NEF format, there is no difference in image
Q: What is the benefit of Custom Tone setting when you take
by RAW mode?
A: When you check exposure by seeing histogram, you can judge
exposure more accurately when you set Custom tone setting.
As other benefit, you might omit a workflow to brighten your
As a matter of fact, I take my photos by RAW mode, and I set my
D100 Custom tone setting every time.
Q: Does the Custom Tone setting increase blow out?
A: Usually, blow out does not occur as long as exposure is
proper. If blow out is already occurred, the custom Tone setting
Please mail me if
you have questions about Custom tone setting.