The D5600 offers filter features that add a dramatic touch to ordinary scenes. You can enjoy the 10 different types of special effects simply by turning the dial to select the option you want. In the following, I will feature four special effects and introduce ways to make good use of them. (Report by Noboru Sonehara)
In contrast to photographs that reproduce the subject faithfully, the special effects mode produces artistic images with special digitally-processed effects. With just a simple press of the shutter button, effects can be applied automatically to turn even day-to-day scenes into out-of-the-ordinary street shots that leave a deep impression. Not only so, you can check the effects during live view shooting and apply them during movie shooting.
To enable the special effects mode, simply turn the mode dial to EFFECTS.
After the mode dial is set to EFFECTS, you can turn the command dial to select a special effect from a total of 10 options, including Super Vivid and Pop. Alternatively, special effects can also be selected by touching the option you want to choose on the LCD monitor screen.
Among the 10 special effect options, there are four that allow you to fine-tune the effect during live view shooting. They are Photo Illustration, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect and Selective Color. You can make fine adjustments to the effect according to your preferences while checking the image on the LCD monitor.
AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR / FL: 70 mm(equivalent to 105mm in FX/35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto(f/5.6, 1/100 sec)/ ISO 800/ WB: Auto
The Toy Camera Effect is a special effect option that adjusts the peripheral brightness and colour tone to add a film-photo-like touch as if the image was captured with a toy camera. In the example above that features a dinosaur ornament, the colour tone has been increased compared to images captured in the normal shooting mode (Aperture-priority auto), which produces a unique texture that is reminiscent of a real dinosaur. Vignetting at the four corners of the image helps to direct the viewer’s attention to the main subject. For a subject that is both nostalgic and humorous, it will be most effective to position it at the centre of the image.
AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED/ FL: 24 mm(equivalent to 36mm in FX/35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto(f/8, 1/80 sec)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
Miniature Effect creates a miniature-model-like special effect by blurring areas other than that in focus significantly through digital processing. The point of focus can be adjusted by moving the multi selector. In the example above, I set it on the ship that is located slightly above the centre of the image and adjusted the focus until it is clearly visible. Doing so creates an intriguing effect as if the photo was a close-up view of a small miniature ship model. To produce a good shot, it is best to establish precise focus on the subject which you want to capture as a miniature model. This effect will be even more noticeable when photographing from a location that offers a bird’s-eye view of the subject.
AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR/ FL: 70 mm(equivalent to 105mm in FX/35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto(f/5.6, 1/125 sec)/ ISO 800/ WB: Auto
Super Vivid is a special effect that raises the saturation and contrast level to create a stronger impression of the colours in the overall image. A few types of plants are captured in the example above, and applying the effect successfully eliminates unnecessary information by crushing the blacks in the shaded areas while bringing out colours such as pink, yellow and green. If you chanced upon a colourful subject such as sign boards in the city or fruits, try making use of this option to capture photos with a strong impact.
AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G/ FL:40mm(equivalent to 60mm in FX/35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto(f/5.6, 1/60 sec)/ ISO 400 / WB: Auto
Low Key is a special effect that aims at producing a deeply soothing image by darkening the tone of the overall image. Featured in the example are plants with a dark red colour. Here, the exposure of the image is decreased to create a calm ambience while the highlights caused by light reflected from the leaves are reproduced dramatically. This option is suited for cases where you want to bring out only the bright portion of a dark-tone image, such as reflection of the glossy car bonnet surface and a ray of penetrated light.
Born in 1971. After completing postgraduate studies at Shinshu University, he worked at a video production company and then went freelance as a photographer. He mainly shoots for various magazines, and also writes for camera information magazines. His photo exhibitions include "Inside the Walls of Istanbul".