Here are some great resources for Capture NX from Nikon.

  1. Capture NX Tips and tricks from Nikon Europe. You can download the PDF tips and tutorials in PDF foramat. Please note there is a zip archive of everything at the bottom in case you want to download them all (why not).
  2. Tech tips, case study, tech guide, and movies from official Capture NX site.
Posted in Online Resources, Photo Editing on December 26th, 2007. 2 Comments.

Nikon USA is offering a $30 discount on the full version Capture NX that is listed for $149.95 at Nikon Mall. To get the discount, use coupon code 3000N4429P. The final price is $119.95. This offer is good until January 6, 2008.

Update: Please see the comment below from Jeff for a lower priced and boxed (instead of download) Capture NX.

Posted in Miscellaneous on December 26th, 2007. 2 Comments.

Is Capture NX any good for JPEG shooters? Although it is mainly a RAW converter for Nikon NEF files, it is also a very useful tool for for JPEG shooters.

For the most part, you get the same powerful editing capabilities as for NEF raw files. Plus, you can save all your edits at the end in NEF format non-destructively! You can go back to your original JPEG photo embedded in the NEF file without image quality degradation. You can also create different versions of the same JPEG photo and save them all in a single NEF file. Of course, you can export JPEG file again.

Posted in Photo Editing, Tips and Techniques, Tutorials on December 25th, 2007. No Comments.

In Capture NX, you can create multiple versions of a photo and save all the different versions in the same NEF file. For example, you may want to have different crop sizes, colors vs. black and white, different sharpening levels of the same photo. Instead of creating multiple copies of the RAW files, Capture NX can use the same set of RAW data with all the version information embedded so you don’t get several large files to manage. Read More…

Posted in Photo Editing, Tutorials on December 23rd, 2007. No Comments.

Sigma recently updated its 18-200mm super zoom lens to be D40/D40x friendly with a built-in auto focus motor. The press release states,

Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the new 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC for Nikon. This high zoom ratio lens, designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras, covers wide angle to telephoto focal lengths. The built-in motor is capable of autofocusing with all Nikon DSLR cameras. Two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) lenses and two Aspherical glass elements provide excellent correction for all types of aberration. Sigma’s super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides high image quality throughout the zoom range. The compact and lightweight construction of 70mm (2.8″) in diameter, 75.6mm (3.0″) in length and 395g (13.9oz) makes it ideal for field work. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 45cm (17.7″) and a maximum magnification of 1:4.4. An inner focusing system also eliminates front lens rotation, making this lens particularly suitable for using the petal lens hood and circular polarizing filters. A zoom lock switch mechanism is provided to prevent the lens from creeping due to its own weight.

This is apparently not a professional grade lens (lack of the EX label), but it should a good candidate for people who are looking for a light weight super zoom intended for walk-around and travel lens. For people who wants more reach, the Tamron AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro, which also has a built-in AF motor and is D40/D40x friendly, is also worth considering.

Sigma actually has four different 18-200mm zoom lenses. If you are confused by the Sigma’s lens offerings, you may want to check out its complete lens line-up.

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, Lens on December 22nd, 2007. No Comments.
Trees

The Orton effect is named after photographer Michael Orton. It is a unique expressive photo technique that creates a dreamy artistic feel in the photos with the combination of sharp and blur elements. The original effect was created using two slide transparencies stacked together. The same effect can be easily created using digital photography techniques and tools readily available today. If you are not familiar with this technique already, there are many excellent resources on the Internet.

Today, I am going to show you how to create the Orton Effect using Nikon Capture NX. It is probably easier than any other photo editing software. Read More…

Posted in Photo Editing, Tutorials on December 17th, 2007. 9 Comments.
Flickr Uploader 3.0

The all-new Flickr uploader 3.0 is available for download. There are numerous  improvements from the previous version.

  • You can now add titles, tags and descriptions to photos, add them to multiple sets and adjust each photo’s privacy settings.
  • You can reorder your photos before uploading by simply dragging and dropping them.
  • By selecting multiple photos, you can replace the titles of the selected photos, add to existing individual photo descriptions, add to existing individual tags.
  • You can work offline. You can close the application in the middle of the process and restart from where it is left.
  • You can start an upload and immediately add more photos and start to tag and organize them, all while the first batch of photos is being sent to Flickr.

Many people are happy with the new Flickr uploader and I am one of them. However there are also some reports of errors and bugs in this official Flickr uploader 3.0 discussion thread.

Posted in Software on December 16th, 2007. No Comments.

DPTnT visitors  in past few hours might have experienced page rendering problems. I would like to express our sincere apology to all who have been affected.  Our site update didn’t go as smoothly as planned. Some CSS and page template issues caused the page rendering problems. Currently, all problems appear to have been fixed.

The updates will enable us to provide better contents that were not possible with the old layout due to size limit. Stay tuned. The best is yet to come.

Thank you for your continued support.

– DPTnT

Posted in Site Update on December 15th, 2007. No Comments.
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