Nikon soft­ware

Ap­ply cre­ative colour and tone ef­fects us­ing Cap­ture NX-D’s Lev­els and Curves panel

NPhoto - - Contents - Ge­orge Cairns

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.

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