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.

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.

I took this photo last year during a hike to the summit of Mount Livemore on Angel Island, San Francisco. It was a great hike but obviously the photo looks dull and unattractive. It was slightly hazy that day and the camera, Nikon D70, didn’t do the magic for me. No problem. Let me show you how to fix photos like this one using Nikon Capture NX in several different ways. Read More…

Posted in Photo Editing, Tutorials on November 22nd, 2007. 4 Comments.

People love lomography, as evident in the the flickr groups for the real LOMO, or the fake LOMO. If you are not sure whether or not you want to pick up one of the real LOMO analog cameras, you can fake the effect using digital photography techniques. I have seen at least half a dozen Photoshop tutorials on how to do this. Here I am going to show you how to create the similar effect in Nikon Capture NX. Read More…

Posted in Photo Editing, Tips and Techniques on November 11th, 2007. 10 Comments.

I have been having some fun with Nikon Capture NX lately. It is not Photoshop, but it has some really nice features that can make the same photo enhancements effortlessly with out purchasing the much more expensive alternative. Today, I will present a tutorial on how to remove distracting background using the selection brush in Capture NX.

The selection brush tool allows you to selectively apply effects and enhancements. You can do the same in Photoshop using layers and layer masks, but the selection brush tool in Capture NX is more intuitive and doesn’t require users to master the concept of layers and layer masks.

Selection Brush Tool in Capture NX

The selection brush tool is highlighted with a red circle in the screen capture shown above. Next to the brush icon, you can see a small “+” button and a small “-” button. These are the two modes the selection brush can work in. In the plus “+” mode, the brush will allow you to paint in the effect you have previously applied to the entire image. In the minus “-” mode, the brush will allow you to remove the previously applied effect from where you paint over with the brush. Confused a little bit? Don’t worry. It is actually much easier than it sounds. Read More…

Posted in Photo Editing on November 8th, 2007. 1 Comment.

High pass sharpening is one of the popular sharpening techniques along with unsharp mask (USM) and lab color sharpening used by Adobe Photoshop users.

Capture NX is Nikon’s NEF raw workflow software and it has many innovative processing technologies. The best thing about it is that it offers most of what raw shooting photographers need without breaking the bank. Here is a tutorial on how to do the high pass sharpening using Nikon Capture NX. Read More…

Posted in Photo Editing on November 4th, 2007. 11 Comments.

Adobe Photoshop is probably the most popular digital photo editing software. Photoshop can be used to perform enhancement, retouching, conversion, and other amazing things to a digital photo. To achieve a specific effect, the user will often need to go through some very complex and time-consuming steps. Sometimes it becomes highly desirable to be able to repeat the same effects on many photos quickly. That is where the Photoshop action really becomes handy.

An action is basically a series of Photoshop commands and tool operations that you record and play back later on a single or multiple files. It it not only a great time saver, but also a very effective learning tool: you can step through an action and watch how it applies the effect step by step.

If you are not familiar with Photoshop action, you can get started by reading the Photoshop help files or manual. Alternatively, you can simply do an online search of “Photoshop action basics” to find some basic tutorials. For example, here is a tutorial (PDF) by Glenn Mitchell.

If you are already familiar with Photoshop action, you may want to check out this large collection of free Photoshop actions at Action Central. Unlike some other photoshop action sites, Action Central is oriented more towards image editing than things like creating fancy text or web buttons.

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