Some people are reporting a weird bug in Nikon Capture NX software. Enter a small value for the exposure compensation (e.g. 0.01) and the photo becomes less sharp. I had trouble reproducing this bug on my own using Capture NX 1.3 and NEF from my D200. So it appeared to be related to specific circumstances.

I then downloaded a D300 NEF file and to my surprise, it happened! I also found that if you change the exposure compensation in Raw Adjustment, you will no longer be able to change the sharpening setting in the Picture Control: dragging the sharpening slider will have no effect. If you do not perform the exposure compensation adjustment, you can adjust the sharpening level using the sharpening slider in Picture Control. As soon as you do any exposure adjustment, the sharpening will disappear. You can get the sharpening back by unchecking the Apply checkbox next to Exposure Compensation.

I think this is related to the Picture Control system in the D300. According to Nikon, the unique Picture Control system makes it possible to share image processing settings among compatible devices and software. It is likely that there is a bug in Capture NX related to the Picture Control. Nikon D200 does not have Picture Control system and is therefore not typically affected. However if you turn on the Picture Control on a NEF file from D200, you can experience the same bug! It doesn’t seem possible to turn off the Picture Control for NEF files from a D300.

Posted in Photo Editing, Software on December 10th, 2007. No Comments.
Snow falls in Boise

There are some people who claim the Capture NX is slow, buggy, and don’t ever want to touch the software even though it comes with the new D300 and D3 free. How wrong is that?! There may be some truth about the slowness if you have an old computer or do not have sufficient memory. However the program is a great piece of software that consistently bring out the best from NEF raw images effortlessly. Here I am going to illustrate the unique control point and selection brush features in Capture NX and show you how easy it is to touch up a landscape photo in a couple of simple steps. Read More…

Posted in Photo Editing, Tutorials on December 9th, 2007. 10 Comments.

I ran across this post on DPReview and thought it could be useful for other Nikon D300 users. It sure sounds like a great technique for JPG shooters. If you shoot RAW, you should be able to do similar adjustment on your computer in post processing.

Posted in Tips and Techniques on December 7th, 2007. No Comments.

Where the streets have no nameWhere the streets have no name by Smaku

You probably have seen these sparkles (stars). Many people like the effect in their night photos but some think those are distractions. What causes these? How to enhance or reduce the effect? Read on to find out the answer.
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Posted in Miscellaneous, Tips and Techniques on December 3rd, 2007. 5 Comments.

I shoot 100% in RAW and use Nikon Capture NX for NEF raw file editing most of the time. Until recently, I have been uploading photos to Flickr by first saving the photo as JPEG to a folder, start Flickr Uploader, add the photos, then hit the upload button. I just found out that it could be much easier by cutting off the unnecessary steps.

First, download and install Flickr uploader here if you don’t have it already.

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Posted in Popular Photos, Software, Tips and Techniques on December 2nd, 2007. 2 Comments.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how about two, three, or more? A series of photo can tell a story from beginning to end with such easy-to-understand fashion that there is really no need to describe them. Read the following picture story to see if you can understand what happened on the soccer field. Read More…

Posted in Miscellaneous, Tips and Techniques on December 1st, 2007. No Comments.

A vignette is a picture without defined borders. Typically the photo gradually fades into a white or black background, usually in an oval shape. In the old film days, it was created during printing exposure by projecting the image through an oval hole in a black card. For soft edges, the card is held a few inches above the paper and moved around slightly. In the digital era, this effect can be easily produced using photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, and my favorite, the Nikon Capture NX. Here are the simple steps to do that in Capture NX. Read More…

Posted in Photo Editing on November 28th, 2007. 5 Comments.

By EugeniusD80

I came across a thread on DPReview and was fascinated by those unique images. Soon I discovered thousands of similar images on flickr in a group called “Create your own planets” (There are also several smaller groups on flickr: Stereographic Projections Pool, * making planets *, and Polar Panoramas).

There is a nice tutorial written by Dirk Paessler on how to create this so-called “Polar Panorama Effect” using Adobe Photoshop or Gimp.

If you want to dig into this even more, read about stereographic projection and  cartographical map projections (also these images).

Posted in Digital photography, Photo Editing on November 26th, 2007. No Comments.
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