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gradation settings

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Has any nody played around with gradation settings much, eg between normal & auto or other. I am am often taking pics on a snow background and wonderd how this would compare to just adusting by one or two stops.

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Re: gradation settings

I used auto to see how it dealt with shadows in a bright environment (e.g. street photography in Madrid) and didn't like the effect very much on some of the images where I assumed the setting had kicked in. To my eyes the shadows or darker areas could look somewhat unnatural, some desirable contrast was lost and really dark shadows showed a little noise too.

I'm not a big post processor, but if there have been dark shadows that needed lifting to get at more of the details lurking in them, post processing seems to do a better job than the camera.
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Re: gradation settings

I've never used auto gradation and probably never will. I'm just not prepared to entrust such a major decision to the camera. I'm all for automation, but only when I know exactly what the camera is doing so I know when to intervene.
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Re: gradation settings

One of the first blog entries put up by Ian on the other forum was about Auto Gradation - I switched to following Ian's advice and reckon that the image quality improved quite significantly

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Re: gradation settings

Thanks for the replys, I seem to get the feeling that that switching from normal gradation to auto is not a good idea for high iso in bright conditions from a problem of noise

The stuff i take is usally fast moving.

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Re: gradation settings

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Thanks for the replys, I seem to get the feeling that that switching from normal gradation to auto is not a good idea for high iso in bright conditions from a problem of noise

The stuff i take is usally fast moving.

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I'd agree with that, David, but you can always try it to check out the results.
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Re: gradation settings

I have experimented with Gradation settings on my e30 and find that sometimes it can help with awkward shadows when put on auto, if I have time I will take a few shots on different settings, but if I dont have time and need to take a shot asap I'd prefer to leave it on normal, shoot in RAW and fix any problems manually in lightroom or PS.
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