Apply creative colour and tone effects using Capture NX-D’s Levels and Curves panel
As well as correcting common photographic problems such as colour casts, incorrect exposure, poor composition and lensrelated distortion, Capture NX-D’s tools can be used in a more creative capacity. We’ll demonstrate one of its creative features on this spread and in the accompanying video lesson.
Many paid-for apps – such as Photoshop Elements – enable you to apply ready-made filters that can creatively alter a shot’s colours and tones. These filters quickly give your photographs a more stylised look that helps you to evoke a particular mood or atmosphere. This creative filter-based adjustment is pretty similar to the process of grading a TV show’s colours to give scenes a distinctive look.
Nikon’s free Capture NX-D software lacks the filter menu found in many other photo editing apps, but with a bit of tinkering you can still produce a distinctive graded look that can help add interest and impact to your images.
The Levels & Curves panel enables you to make selective tonal adjustments by altering the points along different parts of a Curve. If you dig a little deeper and change each colour channel’s Curves independently, you can produce your own creative shifts in colour.
You can use the Lightness, Chroma and Hue (LCH) panel to selectively lighten or darken a particular range of colours to enhance your bespoke creative look. This enables you to add a sense of drama to a landscape’s skies and shadowy areas, for example, as we demonstrate in the annotated image above.