• * The adjustments shown here are made using the latest Picture Control.
  • * The monitor display images are those of the D810. The design of the display may vary, and some items may be unavailable or not displayed, according to the camera.

A white dish makes the food presented on it stand out, making it look more attractive. But if you try to make the food brighter, the white dish will be washed out, thus losing the beauty of the plate. In such a case, Flat is useful since it retains a wealth of information from both highlight and shadow areas. Adjust the image taken with Flat so that the white dish will not suffer from overblown highlights and blocked up shadows, thus making the food on the white dish appear more delicious.

  • ·Picture Control: Flat ·Camera: D810 ·Lens: AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED ·Image quality: JPEG FINE ·Exposure: Aperture-priority auto, 1/125 second, f/4 ·White balance: Auto 1 ·Sensitivity: ISO 400

Flat (before adjustment)

Flat (after adjustment)

Standard

Adjustment points

Add reddishness to make the salmon look more delicious.

Check that the white plate is not washed out too much.

Step 1

Selection of Picture Control
Set Picture Control to Flat.

In viewfinder shooting

In live view shooting

[Shooting points]

  • Composition that includes a window obliquely positioned in the background can help to suggest the freshness of the food.
  • When the composition includes a large surface area of a white plate, the image tends to be slightly underexposed with auto or aperture-priority auto mode that controls exposure automatically. Therefore, if the image looks dark, compensate exposure to the plus side.

Step 2

Adjustment of parameter 1
Press ► of a multi selector to go to the adjustment display and set +0.5 for contrast and +1 for saturation.

In viewfinder shooting

In live view shooting

Step 3

Adjustment of parameter 2
Set +0.75 for clarity* and +1.5 for brightness.

*If you change clarity in live view shooting, the selected value will be applied to the image but cannot be seen on the live view display.

>More about clarity

In viewfinder shooting

In live view shooting

Step 4

Shoot.

Further elaboration ― RAW processing with Capture NX-D

Elaborate your image further using Capture NX-D. You can reduce overblown highlights or produce depth to the image by adjusting highlight areas and shadow areas, making the food on the white dish appear more delicious.

> Connection between Capture NX-D and Picture Control

Step 1

Activate Capture NX-D and open the NEF (RAW) image* that is taken using Picture Control with the parameter adjusted as above within the camera.
*Even if the adjustments above were not applied to your image, if the image is taken in RAW, it is possible to make all the adjustments using Capture NX-D.

Step 2

Reduce overblown highlights (area of the white plate).
Adjust tone curve using Levels & Tones to reduce overblown highlights and increase saturation using Tone.

Step 3

Brighten shadows.
Select Tone (Detail) from the image adjustment palette to brighten the shadow areas.

Finished image after RAW processing

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