RichRMA: What has happened to the world? Today, I saw a stretch of highway about a mile long. Every car was black, white or grey. Might as well be the old Soviet Union.
I've heard the motor trade use the expression 'recession grey' and elsewhere 'burqua black' for something that is depressing and without style.
Peter Evans: Fire up Capture NX2 and what do you see on the first line of the splash screen? You see copyright notices for Nikon Corporation and Nik Software.The U point technology is the brainchild of the latter. Who now owns NIK Software? Answer, Google. So, maybe this is the heart of the problem - some sort of impasse between Nikon and Google with regards to usage rights for that U point technology.
I love the U point technology and so it looks like my future workflow for images from any new camera I buy will have to be: Nikon NX- D for processing the NEF, save as a TIFF, import the TIFF into the last version of NX2, use the U points as required, save back to a TIFF, import the TIFF into Photoshop. That adds one extra thing to my current workflow. A PITA but not the end of the world.
The ownership of U-Point thankfully doesn't apply to the Selection Brush, the real heart of NX2. No other photo editor has a similar tool, the usefulness of which cannot be overrstated.
plasnu: U-point is licensed by NIK, but NIK is now owned by GOOGLE, so probably the licensing issue.
That wouldn't affect the Selection Brush though. The Selection Brush is even more useful than U-Point.
Tone Row: ....While its 'NEX-like' design is getting a bit stale....
Since I'm guessing you don't plan on calling out Nikon or Canon for their decades old DSLR designs when their next updates come, I can only guess you were grabbing at straws to find fault with this camera.
If only Nikon or Canon would produce decades old DSLR designs and dispense with all the guff found on modern cameras. DFM/DFE please Nikon.
The piddling little sensor is no good for divers, cavers, mountain bikers using forested mountain trails etc. etc. Action cams need larger sensors. I'll stick with the Niikon AW1.
Bervilat: Only degrees Farenheit? Only submersive to feets? WTF Canon?It's a shame it won't be metric weather resistant and only work in USA, Liberia and Myanmar.
It'll also work for the 75% of people in the UK who don't want anything to do with the EU swindle.
Idiotic title that gives the impression that the book has been written by one of those pathetic kiddies who thinks it's 'cool' to swear. Might be a great book but I won't be buying it.
stratplaya: Be careful with the Gimp product. It throws much spam at you during the install process.
Just downloaded Gimp for Windows. Absolutely no problems with either the download, installation or spam.
lds2k: What about Capture NX2 as an editing tool?
It's excellent. I use it all the time and only use Photo$hop CS4 for its letteraset facilities. NX2 is even better if you install the NIK filters.
vickylou: So which is the closest alternative to photoshop?
You can put Ubuntu on the same drive as Windows with no problem. Ubuntu simply sets itself up in its own directory and modifies startup such that you get a dual boot option which times out after10 secs. The default is to Windows but that can be altered if you wish. Ubuntu even reads your Internet connection details and automatically sets everything up for you. Excellent OS.Putting another OS on your system might seem a bit daunting but is now very easy and can be done in a few minutes.
HowaboutRAW: And isn't that Linux only?
I'm very impressed by Ubuntu - easy to install as a dual-boot and even has drivers for my ageing Epson 7600, something that Epson couldn't manage for Win 7 or 8.
Aleksey Stemmer: I would like to mention Nikon's Capture NX2, wich is a very powerful editor with lots of "digital dark room" features. In fact I use it for all my primary photo editing needs, form weddings to stock photography.
Intuitive and fast processingPowerful selection toolsNon-destructive editing
Nikon only RAW (NEF) processingLack of various pixel manipulation tools
Overall, if you are a Nikon shooter, it is really worth to get acquainted with Capture NX2.
And don't forget the completely brilliant selection tool and U-point. Once you get past the slightly clunky interface, NX2 is as good an editor as any and is particularly powerful when used with the old NIK filters. Good for editing 16 bit tiffs if you're not a Nikon shooter.
tornwald: What's an Adobe?
According to the dictionary, it's a wet heavy clay soil that sucks you in and is almost devoid of nutrients.
RCJ is the BBC's Apple correspondent. His ramblings on the BBC website indicate that has no knowledge of software or technology. It's not surprising that he couldn't get his head round RaspPi.
yuribel: For Windows only... It means — useless program for the most of photographers.
He's providing free Open Source code. Stop moaning and compile it for your Mac.
Jon_S: Enough with the snidey Mac vs Windows comments.FACT: I attended an event for a Corbis photographers a few years ago and their own survey showed 70% were using Macs. (And remember Corbis was founded by Bill Gates!)Whatever your personal preference, a lot of serious photographers use Macs and it may well be a majority among pros.
Applications look and behave much the same no matter what you use. This is free Open Source software so can be compiled for MAC or Linux.
rusticus: a superfluous camera, for those who have an OM-DBuy it to its OM-D a Nikon 1 V1 4K RAW 60fps Camera for 200 Dollar
Manuel, yes I know - I was illustrating the stupidity of your comment. If you think the Nikon 1 image quality is poor then you obviously have no experience of the camera. Commenting without knowledge makes you look foolish. 60fps is great for any form of action photography and is a truly useful feature - not a gimmick. I should have thought that would have been obvious to any photographer.
That's a weird comment Manuel. The OM-D is quite a pleasant looking camera with good lenses, although it lacks the incredible frame rate of the Nikon 1. Prices of all cameras drop after initial launch.
Camediadude: A nonsense poll.You are being soft on Adobe!
Here, I will make the correct poll below:Concerns:
A. Adobe is being greedy as heck.B. They are being evil AND greedy as heck.C. Regardless, I will not give a single cent more to such a company, be they evil or not, out of principle! Spit on your long time loyal customers, and it is sayonara time!D. All of the aboveE. None of these
I pick D, all of the above.
And what about fixing Photo$hop's basic problems - the crippled RH mouse control, lousy memory management, poor image overlaying and ancient toolset - before embarking on this 'innovation'?The poll is useless as it doesn't get at the fundamentals.
jadmaister2: ludicrous decision. £550 a year??? Forced on you? What about the poor guys Adobe. I'm retired and on a pension. I saved hard to buy CS4 on retirement and you even refuse to support me there with new raw conversion updates for later Nikon cameras, and now this?NOPE.As soon as I find an alternative to Adobe products, I'm away.
Same here. Try Nikon Capture. The Selection Pen, D-Lighting and U-Point are innovations that make Photo$hop's antiquated tools look pathetic, and the RAW processing is much better. Capture supports all Nikon DSLRs.