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Old Jun 9, 2010, 9:05 AM   #21
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No tripod, F-9, iso 200, matrix metering and I choose the same spot on the subject for each shot.

Thanks a lot for the advice, all. So the difference appears to be the metering, even though both modes use Matrix. I'll get myself a standalone light meter and try Manual mode to see how labor intensive it is. I'm pleasantly suprised to find how bright and sharply contrasted (and saturated) the programmed scene modes are. It seems safe to use them for most conditions.

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Old Jun 9, 2010, 10:12 AM   #22
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No tripod, F-9, iso 200, matrix metering and I choose the same spot on the subject for each shot.

Thanks a lot for the advice, all. So the difference appears to be the metering, even though both modes use Matrix. I'll get myself a standalone light meter and try Manual mode to see how labor intensive it is. I'm pleasantly suprised to find how bright and sharply contrasted (and saturated) the programmed scene modes are. It seems safe to use them for most conditions.
Have you experimented with using raw files? Once the exposure is
about right, you could make any saturation, WB, sharpness, contrast etc
changes after you take the picture.
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Old Jun 9, 2010, 8:14 PM   #23
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I would prefer to shoot RAW. It's always a shame to have to doctor a jpeg and suffer further compression when I save it again.
I just bought Nikon Capture NX2, which I'm starting to play with.
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 11:10 AM   #24
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In conclusion of this thread...

Thanks to the "For Dummies..." series (and your generous help), I now know that the Nikon D3000 has "picture control" modes that boost contrast and saturation. They can be selected in the "manual modes", but they are automatically applied in the pre-programmed scene modes.

Thanks again for your help.
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 2:05 PM   #25
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There is a rather gushing review of the the Nikon D-3000 over at www.dpreview.com. It is well done and very detailed, but I was left with the impression that Nikon must be one of the "darling" brand names to them.

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