I must admit that whilst trying different picture settings and custom modes in my D70s that instead of my photos getting better they ended up with off colour and generally unsatisfactory. I have been reading other peoples settings and they all seem to be different - with some saying set low contrast and no sharpening, some say use Adobe colour and some say RGB is best. So, as a start point I am interested in hearing what setings work for you. Sharpening, contrast and colour - all sorts or permeations and variables but no starting point that I can see (unless zero for everything is a start point). I tried the scene modes but using portrait and landscape seemed to make for flat images - or perhaps the images are flat on purpose to allow for boosting later? As a start I found: White balance 'cloudy' or custom (I need to carry a sheet of paper for that) Sharpening 'medium high' Colour 'IIIa' (as suggested by Ken R) Saturation 'high' to give images that printed up fairly well, but really I can't kid myself that they look good. I know they could be better as they end up looking not much like reality at all. I know experience will help in this area but I need a settings start point to get experience from. I have a D7000 on the way but don't want to start messing things up on that until I get a handle on the correct initial settings. Thanks for your input.