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11-19-2017, 10:13 AM   #1
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dynamic range settings

should I turn off the dynamic range settings on the K-3 or keep them on low? And should I keep program line on Normal or Auto?


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If you shoot raw the dynamic range setting doesn’t matter much. If you are a JPEG shooter the DR settings can be helpful. Auto works well but you achieve better in camera JPEGs with tweaking the highlight and shadow settings.

For the program settings it is also very situational. If you will be rapidly switching between action, portraits, landscape, the auto can be useful. For most situations I use the setting appropriate for the shot itself. Many aperture priority or manual shooters will not worry about program line since they set everything manually. I am a RAW+ hyperprogram shooter and change settings with every shot so I usually leave the program line on normal on my K-3 for ~80 % of shots. However, when I shoot horse shows, I will switch to the action program line to make things easier.

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11-19-2017, 12:30 PM   #3
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ok I'll leave them off. I shoot raw, except when I shoot people not how it sounds. I'll make a custom setting for people jpeg and dr on for shadows and highlights. I might do that for sports too. Thank you I think I got it. I'll change the program line for sports as well
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I have used the "highlight correction" feature if I intend to shoot above 100 ISO, and it works well to avoid uneven tones such as glare blowout for example. Otherwise if I plan on staying at 100 ISO for more image quality, I cannot use it.


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