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