Nikon to release NX Studio software

For those who have followed Nikon for some years, may remember that Nikon releases completely new versions of their software, not only updates, some years between. This time the new free NX Studio will replace both View NX-i and Capture NX-D.

Nikon software has always been my preferred programs to edit and convert RAW/NEF-files because of the perfect reading of the proprietary image files.

I’ve been playing a little bit with the new software, and those who have used Capture in any form before will feel at home as not much has changed with the user interface.

Color Control Points (U-point technology) that came back in previous version is still here and the whole experience feels very smooth and responsive overall.

The only thing I’ve been missing from any Capture version is a vibrancy slider, saturation slider is not always what you want to use.

Copied from Nikon:

Primary features

  • The viewing, processing, and editing of still images and video can be completed seamlessly.
  • Features a menu structure categorized by workflow, and a functional yet simple design.
  • Features a variety of display options, such as filmstrip with both horizontal and vertical preview options, as well as a 2/4 screen comparison option, in addition to a simple and easy-to-read shooting information display.
  • Supports the precise editing of images with detailed editing functions such as color control points that enable the adjustment of colors within a specified area, and a retouch brush for the removal of dust and scratches in the image.
  • Easy-to-understand user interface with menu items and terminology that match those of Nikon cameras.
  • Users are able to choose how adjustment information is saved, whether in a separate file using the sidecar file format or directly to the image file itself.
  • Includes XMP/IPTC information editing and preset management functions.
  • Works with other software such as Nikon Transfer 2 and Camera Control Pro 2.

All photos are taken from Nikon official websites.

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How do I edit our photos to post online?

Notice now that I did not write how to edit photos, but how do I edit our photos. That’s a big difference.

Firstly we use Nikon DSLR’s set to record 14-bit raw files (NEF), those are edited with Nikons own Capture NX-D, because after years of trying out other raw-converters, Nikons own gives us simply the best image quality. NEF is a proprietary file format for Nikons raw files and nobody but Nikon knows how to decipher the data correctly. Third party raw-converters do their best guesses and some come closer than others, but no one give us the same feeling as we got when we took the photos as Capture NX-D does.

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Computer for photo editing

This one has been churning in my head for quite some time now, how can I putt this into words so it will last more than a year and not become outdated?

Well, first off I will strongly recommend a stationery computer and not a laptop. Nothing wrong with a laptop, but to be good enough (read, powerful enough), they need to be expensive, so I would rather recommend getting an “okay” priced and light weight laptop that you can bring with you on the travels and then get a powerful stationary workstation at home. Assembling a stationary computer is a lot easier than it might look like.

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