Ge­orge Cairns ex­plains how to use fil­ters to cre­ate mono con­ver­sions that pop

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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.

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