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08-08-2012, 07:13 AM   #1
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k -5 issue with viewing pics

I'm sure this is something I've set in the menus or something but I find it kind of frustrating and I can't find the answer in the owners manual or searching here. It could be I'm just looking in the wrong place too.

This just started about 4 days ago. Whenever I take a picture with what seems to be a lot of contrast, the really brighter parts of the picture flash in red.

I have no idea if that's a camera setting or a problem.

This is with a K-5 body and any lens I own.

Thanks in advance for your comments.

08-08-2012, 07:26 AM   #2
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There's a custom function setting called something like "show bright/dark areas" that toggles this features. Essentially, when parts of the image flash in red, it means that those areas are overexposed and will most likely not look very good on a print. Try to avoid them at all costs by bracketing or adjusting the exposure. Shooting in RAW will also make overexposed areas more recoverable than they would otherwise be.

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There's a custom function setting called something like "show bright/dark areas" that toggles this features. Essentially, when parts of the image flash in red, it means that those areas are overexposed and will most likely not look very good on a print. Try to avoid them at all costs by bracketing or adjusting the exposure. Shooting in RAW will also make overexposed areas more recoverable than they would otherwise be.
Thanks Adam. I have no idea how I set it then but I'll figure it out. Yes, I shoot everything in raw and I don't see that happen too often. I have a bed of white petunias and in trying to get some shots of bugs flying around them that's popped up on a few.
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To be exact with K-5 it's not in Custom Function tab but in Playback tab (from Menu, second tab, it has playback icon).

It's useful but I can't get used to it, always distracting so I turn it off most of the time and check histogram instead.

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Yes, I shoot everything in raw and I don't see that happen too often..
Doesnt matter if you shoot RAW or JPEG for you to see it or not.
The image you see at the back is actually the JPEG preview embedded inside the RAW you never see the actual RAW data.
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