What does the GRADATION feature in the menu do?
GRADATION allows the camera to be set up to process images at capture in various fashions suited to subject scenarios. It applies tools that affect the brightness and contrast of the processed image. The value of GRADATION is that the photographer can select the look of the image in-camera when shooting or change the gradation of a RAW image after the fact using the RAW EDIT function to make JPEG images.
There are four GRADATION options:
AUTO – This option divides the image into detailed regions and adjusts the brightness separately for each region. This is effective for images with areas of large contrast in which the whites appear too bright or the blacks appear too dark. It is a form of Shadow Adjustment Technology. Photos with a greater range of light like Landscapes and night scenes would benefit from this option.
NORMAL – No gradation algorithms are applied to the images.
HIGH KEY – Gradation is applied that best suits a bright subject, such as silhouettes on a foggy day. It processes images so they are bright with slightly higher contrast in the brightest areas.
LOW KEY – Gradation is applied that best suits a dark subject that NORMAL gradation would process to be lighter. It can be used to make images that have a somewhat somber mood.
The best way to see the effects produced by GRADATION is to take the same shot with each of the options and in the camera’s Playback Mode, display them on the LCD in the four-shot display option to compare the differences. Remember to change the option back to AUTO or NORMAL after you have finished with a HIGH KEY or LOW KEY subject. You can also use HIGH KEY and LOW KEY creatively for unique subjects or scenarios such as a high key or low key portrait to create a mood.
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