Resurrecting My Photography--Lenses and Software Advice

Started Sep 10, 2018 | Discussions
RMcL Regular Member • Posts: 350
Re: Software - I suggest starting with NXD

Leonard Shepherd wrote:

Why?

You seem to be starting from nothing.

Its free

For free software it is superb.

It opens RAW files with all in camera settings intact - "pay for" software does not. This can be a much quicker way of working.

When first opened images IMO seem a little sharper in NXD.

The latest NXD can do all I need with about 90% of my images.

I too returned to photography just over a year ago after longer break. Everything to do with digital photo editing was new to me. I’d bought a D500 so why not start with Nikon free software I thought, so Capture NXi and NXD it was. This SW was fine for me as a learning platform, but eventually integrated TIFF conversion to Lightroom Classic to be able to apply various filters and other local adjustments not possible in NXD. I was also “hooked” to the notion of being able to keep original Nikon profiles in my RAW conversions, but overall I was starting to find my workflow long winded and somewhat tiresome. Then I discovered Lightroom CC mobile and the iPad Pro and fact that I could sync via Adobe cloud to LR classic on the PC. I was now enabled to perform initial or even full editing work on the go by directly uploading from the D500 to iPad and if necessary finalizing on with LR classic on the PC. LR classic also enables high dynamic range and panoramic merging. That was it! After my trial period ended I abandoned NXD altogether and fully migrated to the Adobe Lightroom environment. Yes, costs $10 a month for classic subscription and $5 a month for CC mobile, but very much value for money in my view. With this migration I have lost ability to retain Nikon original profiles, but I don’t see this as a loss anymore. The Adobe profiles together with camera matching profiles in Lightroom are actually very good and I’m never disappointed once I find best profile. Moreover I can now even make my own camera/lens profiles with xRite color checker passport and the Adobe DNG profile plugin in Lightroom. My overall workflow is now significantly rationalized by eliminating Capture NXD from process, so no looking back. Yes, image display in NXD has sharper appearance than Lightroom in fit to screen mode, but this is not real, it is just different rendering methods. If you zoom into 100% view of image there is no difference in sharpness between NXD and Lightroom.

 RMcL's gear list:RMcL's gear list
Nikon D500 Nikon D850 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR +5 more
Chris De Schepper Senior Member • Posts: 1,296
Re: Software - I suggest starting with NXD

http://www.bagnon.com/raw2nef/index.html

with this program you should be able to us nikon nx2 with the D500

Tony Beach Forum Pro • Posts: 11,967
Re: and about time

Mike H wrote:

The change from NX-2 to NX-D was a change for the worst, from a great program to a stripped down only semi useful freebie was not a good idea. The only good thing about it was its "free". As in the cost was hidden in the camera price. I would have much rather paid as much as $100 for an upgraded NX-3.

In that sense, there is no free lunch.

As it is the only use until now for me was to use NX-D as a converter to TIFF so NEX (D500 Raws) can be processed in NX-2 then saved as older NEX (D300 era RAW)

Nikon Raw format has always been NEF.

A workable but annoying way to deal with corporate stupid or cheapness.

Well Im off to download the new NX-D version and see how useful it really is.

Personally, using NX-D exclusively to convert my NEF files to TIFF files is what I've been doing since Nikon offered a Raw converter plug-in for Photoshop that I used for my D70 and D200. For years I used my free copy of NX that I got with my D300 to do the same. Many like yourself liked and used NX for a lot of their post processing, but I was never one of them. To each their own.

That said, I'm going to take a look at it this morning and have a particular shot I want to process with it.

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