CONVERT TO MONO IN NX-D
George Cairns explains how to use filters to create mono conversions that pop
image using Capture NX-D’s post production tools.
To create an effective black-andwhite image with Nikon Capture NX-D you need to shoot in RAW. While you can desaturate a JPEG, this will result in a bland wash of mid-greys, especially if there is lots of haze in the scene. By shooting in RAW you can access Capture NX-D’s Monochrome Picture Control and use its filters to selectively lighten or darken specific areas in the scene. This greater control of contrasting tones enables you to draw attention to particular parts of the picture.
As well as allowing greyscale adjustments based on colour, Capture NX-D enables you to tease out detail. See our walkthrough (right) for how to ensure that your conversion has a strong range of contrasting tones, including some black shadows and white highlights. We will also show how you how to combine Picture Controls and filters with other selective tone-tweaking tools to create high-contrast images.
Capture NX-D is not nearly as sophisticated as Photoshop when it comes to producing a range of mono conversions from a single image, and its monochrome filters cannot be adjusted incrementally, but it still offers much more control than simply desaturating an image.