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Old Apr 21, 2008, 12:42 PM   #1
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Is it my imagination or is my Nikon D80
more difficult to whitebalance and Focus than My D70?
I am in Brasil doing some bikini pix and my color is off no matter what I do
...yes the girls here have very different skin tones but even so ...?
In addition my pix dont look as sharply focused as with the D70
Are my settings flawed or something...else ?
I am using the AFS nikkor 18-70mm lens
What relatively inexpensive lens option which would will be sharper and better
for model/ portrait /glamour work which involves closeups would you recommend ?
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Old Apr 21, 2008, 2:00 PM   #2
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What lens are you using with the D70?? Quality should be similiar when using the same lens on the D80. The D80 does resolve more, so it will tend to magnify any problems inherent to the lens. If you're looking for more sharpness, try a prime lens...either the 50mm or 85mm f1.8 would be good. The are sharp and fast, and will work well in portrait settings.

In terms of white balance, I've found Nikons tend to render skin tones a bit red (at least for my taste). I usually reduce the red channel a bit to tone down the reds, then slightly increase the master color channel to get a little more punch and saturation. You could also shoot in RAW and batch adjust the color temperature.
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Hi Flowmon,

I had a bit of trouble getting past your "I am in Brasil doing some bikini pix.. ",

That cant be too bad a problem ( ha! ).

I agree, shooting Raw would enable you to obtain correct WB after capture.

Your focus issues may be to shallow a depth of field or more likely the plane of your sensor is not parallel to your subject. This will place parts of your subject out of the focal plane.

Such shooting seems to cause some photogs to get down low pointing their cameras up or visa versa, to get a particular angle. Trying tocapture what may be appealing in the viewfinder without concern for the camera's limitations.

Try straight on shooting and let your subject do the posing. Don't try to make a pose with your camera's angle ( for now that is ).

Try Full Body at 50mm ( 35 mm equivalent ), Head and Shoulders at 75-80 mm, and Head shotsat 105 mm. With your sensor parallel to your subject. Most any lens should have good focus ( not meaning Image Quality, just focus ).

Hope this helps a bit.

We have about 2 more months for Bikini weather around here.

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Thanks a Mil.... for that advice.Nuff Thanks
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Old Apr 27, 2008, 8:17 AM   #5
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I am using the FS nikkor 18-70mm lens
Is there is a better one for my purposes ?
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Old Apr 27, 2008, 8:22 AM   #6
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"Slightly increase the master color channel to get a little more punch and saturation" how do I do that ? Regards.
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