My contribution for


‘Captivate Me’ 



During the Christmas break I purchased and began to

READ…yes, read

the instruction book for my camera.

Marvellous what instruction books contain!

I discovered by pushing a button or two I could

severely affect the look of my photo…

no computer software required.


I decided our Christmas tree would make the ideal subject.

I turned my back one day and the next thing I knew it was

back in its box packed away until December.

So this urn is going to be this month’s subject.


This shot is in ‘Lo Key’ Mode.

The instruction book states that

Lo Key creates a deep, low-toned image.

Again it is unclear if  this mode does anything

more than underexposing an image.

I have tried these effects on other subjects with better results.


All photos are taken with a

Nikon D7100 shooting in Effects Mode

and letting the camera do the work.


Technical Stuff

Week 2

Apart from focal length, all the technical stuff is pre-set by the camera:

  • Camera: Nikon D7100LO
  • Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-105
  • Focal Length: 70 mm
  • Exposure time: 1/100
  • F Stop: 5.3
  • ISO: 400


Technical Stuff

Week 1

Apart from focal length, all the technical stuff is pre-set by the camera:

  • Camera: Nikon D7100
  • Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-105Hi
  • Focal Length: 70 mm
  • Exposure time: 1/30
  • F Stop: 5.3
  • ISO: 1100




 Hope you enjoy!



16 thoughts on “ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – January15-WK-2

  1. Great idea to edit ‘in camera’ and learn more about what these high tech things can really do and whether it’s worthwhile to continue to use them. Really like this lo key effect it shows up the texture so well but as Stacy mentioned the white writing really does detract from the overall image. Looking forward to next weeks edit 🙂


  2. I’ve been playing with the internal darkroom in my Nikon as well. Great idea to expand the challenge to shoot the same object in different ways within the camera! Yes, the LO KEY version is dark….but it also manages to pick up texture that the first version did not. It’s an interesting effect.


  3. Forgive me Woolly, but the image is so dark I can’t see much at all. I must admit to sitting at my laptop with reflections on my screen, which don’t help! Looking forward to discovering your next edits. Chris


    • I did consider not posting it for that reason, however, the object was to play around with the editing modes of the camera. I did not use a flash which has not helped for an indoor shot. But I did want to take all shots from the same spot etc, to see how the effects worked…if at all.

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  4. I love that you are using the effects within your camera!! Clever idea and a fun experiment. The low key definitely tones it right down.
    Looking forward to the next 2 😀


  5. I really like this process, its a shame the big white words are there to interrupt my appreciate of the subtle dark tonings.


    • During November and December I was forgetting what had been done to the image…this appeared to be away of remembering which effect had been applied. I will make it a watermark in future. Thanks for the feedback. 🙂


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