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Mastering Picture Control

The Nikon Picture Control system allows you to customise and control the colour tones in your images. It features a variety of distinct settings that all have a different effect on your photographs such as: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, and Flat. Picture Control can be found in most Nikon cameras, including DSLRs, Nikon 1, and the COOLPIX range.

  • Standard is a general-purpose setting that can be used for a range of situations, from portraits to landscapes.
  • Neutral gives your images true to life colours, closest to what is seen in camera.
  • Monochrome converts your images into black-and-white or sepia. This gives your images beautiful contrast and is great for architectural photography.
  • Vivid brings out distinct colours, which can help place emphasis on contours and contrast in your photographs.
  • Portrait mode results in an effect where skin tones look natural, and projects a sense of depth in your images.
  • Landscape will help you achieve rich colour tones in landscapes and cityscapes.
  • Flat is a great setting when shooting in RAW (NEF). It gives you the most control over colour tone adjustments during post-processing.

Depending on the setting you have selected, Picture Control also lets you adjust a variety of elements such as contrast, brightness, saturation, hue, tone, etc. Using Nikon’s powerful post-processing software such as Capture NX-D or ViewNX-i, will also allow you to apply and change Picture Control settings to your RAW (NEF) images.

Personalise your shots by experimenting with different Picture Control settings.


Take Control of Colour using Picture Controls

Want more control of colour in your photos? Actually, you've already got it. It's in your camera. Nikon DSLR, COOLPIX and Nikon 1 cameras offer the option of customising colour to suit your taste and style.

Picture Controls Step-by-Step

The Nikon Picture Control system features a variety of Picture Control options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, and Landscape. Using them allows you to adjust for a variety of parameters. Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Portrait and Landscape allow for adjustments to sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation, and hue (coloration). Monochrome allows for adjustments to sharpening, contrast, brightness, filter effects and toning.



Redefine the possibilities of high-megapixel video and still photography with the full-frame performance of the Nikon D810. The exceptional FX-format image sensor ensures Full HD 1080/60p video with remarkably reduced moiré and noise. With an incomparable image resolution of 36.3-megapixels, D810 will meet your exacting standards like never before. An ISO sensitivity range of 64 to 12800 ensures that your shots retain high resolution and rich tonality in any lighting condition. Achieve stunning results that are true to every detail with the unparalleled power of the D810.

Capture NX-D Software

The Capture NX-D is a free application that is optimal for processing and adjusting RAW images, allowing for greater ease of use and convenience. It is specifically created for images captured with your Nikon camera, whether it’s a DSLR, a Nikon 1 interchangeable camera, or a COOLPIX compact camera. Adjusting your images to create photos that maximises the capabilities of both your camera and lens has never been easier.

ViewNX-i Software

ViewNX-i is a free Nikon software, designed to make transferring, organising, editing, and storing your images simple and effective. With features such as tabs that allow for easy switching of workspaces and an Output Bar that intuitively display convenient functions, you’ll be able to manage your images and videos more efficiently.