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Old Jun 7, 2010, 9:38 AM   #1
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Default D3000 - Disappointed in Aperture pri mode.

I just bought a D3000 body and I am disappointed with my results in "Aperture" priority mode. My pictures are muddy. They are underexposed and lack contrast. I'm using matrix metering. Active D-Lighting is off. Quality is large/fine jpeg. I was shooting from shade toward a fully sunlit scene with the D40 18-55 kit lens (non-vr) stopped down to an acceptable handheld shutter speed (100+) for an ISO of 100. I shot at 18, 35 and 55 in both Aperture and Landscape modes. Then I repeated this pattern using the Landscape scene mode. I was suprised to find the Landscape mode gave me sharper, better exposed pictures using auto-ISO.
What is the camera doing for me in the scene mode that I am failing to do in the Aperture mode?
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Old Jun 7, 2010, 9:49 AM   #2
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If you're shooting into a brighter scene that's backlit, you'll probably need to use a +EV Setting with Exposure Compensation to prevent areas in shadows from being underexposed. You'll see the same problem with virtually any other camera model with a backlit scene.

Use of a Scene Mode is probably overriding some of your settings for D-Lighting, etc. If you want better suggestions, I'd post some downsized samples so we can better understand the issues you're having.

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Old Jun 7, 2010, 10:21 AM   #3
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Since your D3000 is brand new, I strongly suggest you perform a factory reset. It's possible that one or more settings were not at their default values, and doing a reset may fix the problem.
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Old Jun 7, 2010, 10:21 AM   #4
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Default Sample pictures.

Thanks for the fast reply Jim. I hope these crops of the 18mm tests help. The sun was behind me, btw.

The top pic was taken using Landscape mode. The bottom using Aperture mode.
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Old Jun 7, 2010, 10:29 AM   #5
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Thanks TCav. I'll try that too.
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What are you using to downsize the images?

The EXIF information in the image headers has been stripped out. So we can't see anything about camera settings used (focus points, focal length, aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed, etc.).

I'd downsize them using something like the free Irfanview

Just look under Image>Resize/Resample after loading an image to downsize one, making it around 800 pixels on it's longest dimension in your case. Then, save it using a different filename using the "File>Save As" option, making sure the box to retain EXIF is checked, adjusting the JPEG quality slider to around 80% to make sure it's not exceeding the file sizes allowed here (253.9KB)

If it does exceed the maximum set limits for file size or dimensions in pixels, the forums software will downsize it, recompress it, and strip out the EXIF information containing camera settings used.

Then (after downsizing it from the original and making sure the retain EXIF box is checked and your file size isn't too large), upload it and attach it to a post, and we can get a better understanding of what could be causing your issues.
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Old Jun 7, 2010, 10:39 AM   #7
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Default Details for the Aperture pri picture.

File: D3000Aper_18.JPG
Date Created: 6/5/2010 9:20:52 AM
Date Modified: 6/5/2010 9:16:56 AM
File Size: 4.78 MB
Image Size: L (3872 x 2592)
File Info 2
Date Shot: 6/5/2010 09:16:55.00
World Time: UTC-8, DST:ON
Image Quality: Jpeg Fine (8-bit)
Camera Info
Device: Nikon D3000
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G
Focal Length: 18mm
Focus Mode: AF-A
AF-Area Mode: Dynamic, 3D
VR:
AF Fine Tune:
Exposure
Aperture: F/11
Shutter Speed: 1/250s
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Exposure Comp.: 0EV
Exposure Tuning:
Metering: Matrix
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 200
Flash
Flash Sync Mode:
Flash Mode:
Flash Exposure Comp.:
Colored Gel Filter:
Image Settings
White Balance: Auto, 0, 0
Color Space: sRGB
High ISO NR: OFF
Long Exposure NR: OFF
Active D-Lighting: OFF
Image Authentication:
Vignette Control:
Auto Distortion Control:
Picture Control
Picture Control: [SD] STANDARD
Base: [SD] STANDARD
Quick Adjust: 0
Sharpening: 3
Contrast: 0
Brightness: 0
Saturation: 0
Hue: 0
Filter Effects:
Toning:
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What is the camera doing for me in the scene mode that I am failing to do in the Aperture mode?
I don't know about the D3000, but most cameras increase the colour saturation
in landscape mode. This gives greener greens and blue skies. There may be
differences in the sharpness and contrast settings too.

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Old Jun 7, 2010, 10:43 AM   #9
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Default Details on the Landscape mode picture.

File: D3000Land_18.JPG
Date Created: 6/5/2010 9:20:56 AM
Date Modified: 6/5/2010 9:17:46 AM
File Size: 4.82 MB
Image Size: L (3872 x 2592)
File Info 2
Date Shot: 6/5/2010 09:17:44.50
World Time: UTC-8, DST:ON
Image Quality: Jpeg Fine (8-bit)
Camera Info
Device: Nikon D3000
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G
Focal Length: 18mm
Focus Mode: AF-A
AF-Area Mode: Single
VR:
AF Fine Tune:
Exposure
Aperture: F/10
Shutter Speed: 1/200s
Scene Mode: Landscape
Exposure Comp.: 0EV
Exposure Tuning:
Metering: Matrix
ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 200)
Flash
Flash Sync Mode:
Flash Mode:
Flash Exposure Comp.:
Colored Gel Filter:
Image Settings
White Balance: Auto, 0, 0
Color Space: sRGB
High ISO NR: OFF
Long Exposure NR: OFF
Active D-Lighting: OFF
Image Authentication:
Vignette Control:
Auto Distortion Control:
Picture Control
Picture Control: [LS] Landscape
Base: [LS] Landscape
Quick Adjust: -
Sharpening: Auto
Contrast: Auto
Brightness: 0
Saturation: Auto
Hue: 0
Filter Effects:
Toning:
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Old Jun 7, 2010, 10:50 AM   #10
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Thanks Corkpix. The D3000 does have overrides that allow you to adjust saturation and contrast. In Aperture pri mode I was using the SD (picture control) setting which is supposed to be "balanced", whatever that means...
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