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Ad­just colours se­lec­tively us­ing Cap­ture NX-D’s Lu­mi­nance, Chroma, Hue panel

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One way to make your pho­to­graphs stand out is to use Nikon Cap­ture NX-D to give your colours a sub­tle boost. This can be es­pe­cially use­ful if you’re try­ing to pro­mote your work amid a sea of com­pet­ing thumb­nails on so­cial me­dia plat­forms such as Face­book or Flickr. How­ever, if you boost all the colours in a shot equally, you may end up with gar­ish, over-sat­u­rated pho­tos that bear lit­tle re­sem­blance to what you ac­tu­ally saw when you pressed your Nikon’s shut­ter re­lease. Some ar­eas in an im­age, such as a pale blue sky, might ben­e­fit from a boost in sat­u­ra­tion to give them more im­pact; other ar­eas, such as Cau­casian skin tones, can end up look­ing far too ma­genta or or­ange if you ap­ply the same generic boost.

For­tu­nately Cap­ture NX-D fea­tures the pow­er­ful LCH (Light­ness, Chroma and Hue) panel, which en­ables you to se­lec­tively boost the colour sat­u­ra­tion to suit the needs of dif­fer­ent parts of your picture. You can give skin tones a sub­tle boost in sat­u­ra­tion while giv­ing a big­ger boost to other ar­eas. The LCH panel also en­ables you to lighten or darken in­di­vid­ual colours. This is par­tic­u­larly use­ful when adding im­pact to a weak blue sky (see our three­step walk­through, right).

Many of Cap­ture NX-D’s edit­ing tools, such as ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion and white balance, will only work with RAW files. How­ever, the good news is that the Curve-based tools in the LCH panel can be used to edit JPEGs. Read on to find out how to get the most from this pow­er­ful panel...

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