Nikon soft­ware

Ge­orge Cairns ex­plains how to ad­just ex­po­sure, se­lec­tively lighten shad­ows and boost colour and con­trast in Nikon Cap­ture NX-D

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Dis­cover how to liven up a flat scene us­ing Cap­ture NX-D, by boost­ing ex­po­sure and con­trast

When you want an af­ford­able yet ef­fec­tive way to process your images, it’s worth tak­ing a look at Nikon’s free photo-fix­ing soft­ware, Cap­ture NX-D. We’re tak­ing a fresh look at the soft­ware over the next few months, by show­ing you how to use the pro­gram’s tools to cor­rect com­mon prob­lems and im­prove your images.

Be­cause Cap­ture NX-D is cre­ated by Nikon it­self, it should be more com­pat­i­ble with your cam­era than third-party photo-fix­ing apps. For ex­am­ple, you can ac­cess the same White Bal­ance pre­sets that your cam­era con­tains from within Cap­ture NX-D’s workspace. This en­ables you to over­ride the White Bal­ance set­ting that you used in-cam­era to get more ac­cu­rate-look­ing colours.

In this se­ries we’ll show you how you can cor­rect com­mon ex­po­sure prob­lems; some ways to coun­ter­act colour casts; and how to re­touch your pic­tures to elim­i­nate dis­tract­ing de­tails and im­prove your com­po­si­tions. You’ll also learn how to re­duce or even elim­i­nate lens-re­lated arte­facts such as geo­met­ric dis­tor­tion and chro­matic aber­ra­tion.

We’ll kick off the se­ries by demon­strat­ing how to quickly brighten up an un­der-ex­posed land­scape so that it has more de­tail in the shad­ows and a health­ier con­trast over­all. This will re­veal a wider range of de­tail through­out a typ­i­cal land­scape’s con­trast­ing tones.

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