Is there any specific setting for capturing a picture that has a good contrast and is sharp? Sometimes I get a low contrast and need to go for post processing. I'm a beginner in DSLR photography and my camera is Nikon D5200. I hope this is not a camera specific question and I'm willing to widen my knowledge for taking a good photo.

Thanks in advance :-)


Low contast picture

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    \$\begingroup\$ Can you post a link to an example picture? \$\endgroup\$
    – Barn
    Nov 14, 2015 at 16:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ Maybe see: Why are my photos not crisp? \$\endgroup\$
    – inkista
    Nov 14, 2015 at 18:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Barn Added an example pic from the web. \$\endgroup\$
    – MnZ
    Nov 14, 2015 at 18:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ The image you posted is not really a photo. It could be a picture of painting or a heavily processed image. No camera should produce something like this directly. Do a full reset if it does then post a JPEG photo directly from the camera to see if there are truly any issues. \$\endgroup\$
    – Itai
    Nov 14, 2015 at 18:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MnZ, actually, one of the things I say in that link is that the 18-55 isn't going to be the problem, so much as how you use it. :) \$\endgroup\$
    – inkista
    Nov 14, 2015 at 18:54

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Definitely post processed (in camera or out) to add posterization. No lens is going to turn gradient colors into solids like that.

Try either changing modes or resetting your camera to factory settings.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Should the #1 rule be "read the notice" before asking ? \$\endgroup\$
    – Olivier
    Nov 15, 2015 at 13:53

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