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Tease out de­tail in the shad­ows of high­con­trast hol­i­day shots us­ing Nikon Cap­ture NX-D

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When shoot­ing on a sunny day your Nikon may be faced with the chal­lenge of cap­tur­ing de­tail in both deep, dark shad­ows and brightly lit high­lights. If your cam­era me­ters the scene to cap­ture high­light de­tail then the shad­ows may be un­der­ex­posed and show less de­tail (as is the case with our start im­age). If the cam­era me­ters to cap­ture shadow de­tail then the high­lights will be over­ex­posed.

In Ma­trix me­ter­ing mode your Nikon will at­tempt to cap­ture an av­er­age ex­po­sure that fea­tures more de­tail in the con­trast­ing ar­eas, but you are still likely to en­counter clip­ping in high-con­trast scenes. You may also in­ad­ver­tently clip shad­ows or high­lights when mak­ing tonal tweaks us­ing Cap­ture NX-D’s tools.

The term ‘clip­ping’ refers to tones that don’t dis­play any de­tail. To help you avoid clip­ping and re­veal more de­tail in shad­ows and high­lights, Cap­ture NX-D pro­vides clip­ping thresh­old warn­ings. These man­i­fest them­selves as gar­ish patches of colour in the over- or un­der­ex­posed parts of a pho­to­graph. Clip­ping warn­ings can ap­pear as red, green or blue patches, de­pend­ing on which colour chan­nel is clipped. In our walk­through (and ac­com­pa­ny­ing video les­son) we’ll show you how to use clip­ping warn­ings to tweak a shot’s tones and re­veal more de­tail in con­trast­ing ar­eas.

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