Before and after

This is the second tutorial of the Capture NX portrait retouching series on DPTnT. Previously, I showed you how to change eye colors using the LCH color adjustment tool in Capture NX. In this tutorial, I will show you an effective method of reducing dark circles using combination of Gaussian Blur and Colorize tools in Capture NX. Read More…

Posted in Photo Editing on January 13th, 2008. 4 Comments.

Previously, I have showed an example of portrait retouching using Nikon Capture NX without going into the details. In this post, I am going to explain how to change eye color using Capture NX. I hope this becomes the start of a new series on portrait retouching using Nikon Capture NX. Read More…

Posted in Photo Editing, Tutorials on January 6th, 2008. 9 Comments.
Retouching portrait with Capture NX

It is not well known but Capture NX can be used for many portrait retouching purposes. In the example above, I reduced the dark circles under the eyes, changed the eye and lip colors, and removed the reflections on the nose and face.

Posted in Photo Editing on January 3rd, 2008. 6 Comments.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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