Demonstrates how to make selective adjustments using Color Control Points and fix dull colours
Make selective adjustments using Control Points and fix dull colours with Nikon’s new version of Capture NX-D
Nikon dropped support for its free Capture NX2 photo-editing app in 2014, replacing it with Capture NX-D. Some may argue that Nikon threw the baby out with the bath water by no longer providing Color Control Points in Capture NX-D. Control Points enabled Capture NX2 users to sample a problem area of a photograph (such as an overexposed sky) and selectively adjust a range of properties including Hue, Saturation and Contrast.
We’re pleased to see that, with the recent release of Capture NX-D 1.5.0, the Color Control Point feature is back, so you can take your Raw (or JPEG) editing to the next level.
The sampled area being adjusted by a Control Point blends with the rest of the shot in a graduated way, enabling seamless selective adjustments to colour and tone in specific regions of the shot. You can also preview the range of the adjusted area using a greyscale display that works like a Photoshop layer mask, enabling you to fine-tune the location and strength of the Control Point’s adjustments (see right).
You can also use NX-D to expand Color Control Points from the default BCS (Brightness, Contrast and Saturation) controls to alter up to eight properties, including Warmth (W). This slider enables photographers to selectively warm up a cold blue colour cast in the shade without overwarming the correctly balanced colours in direct sunlight, for example.