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Capture NX 2 Essential Training

with Ben Long

Video: Welcome

Photographer and teacher Ben Long shows how to use Capture NX2—the Nikon nondestructive photo-editing software—to review, enhance, and print photos.
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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 14m 11s
    1. Defining a post-production workflow
      3m 39s
    2. Overview of the Capture NX interface
      5m 45s
    3. Keyboard basics
      3m 52s
    4. Capture NX 2 and your camera
  3. 40m 52s
    1. Setting up Nikon Transfer
      6m 49s
    2. Navigating in Capture NX
      4m 29s
    3. Rating and filtering
      8m 31s
    4. Metadata and keywords
      6m 39s
    5. Metadata templates
      7m 18s
    6. Comparing images
      2m 20s
    7. Using ViewNX, an alternative browser
      4m 46s
  4. 43m 6s
    1. Defining an image editing workflow
      2m 28s
    2. Cropping
      4m 39s
    3. Straightening and rotating
      2m 46s
    4. Non-destructive editing and the Edit List
      7m 39s
    5. Camera and lens correction
      7m 18s
    6. Auto Retouch brush
      3m 56s
    7. Saving your work: understanding the Nikon Electronic Format (NEF)
      3m 37s
    8. A word about NEF compression
      4m 19s
    9. Customizing your workspace
      2m 14s
    10. Understanding RGB
      4m 10s
  5. 1h 6m
    1. Defining tone
      5m 38s
    2. Understanding the histogram
      8m 32s
    3. Quick Fix
      4m 52s
    4. Correcting contrast with Levels
      7m 28s
    5. Correcting contrast with Curves
      6m 0s
    6. Correcting tone with black, neutral, and white control points
      4m 34s
    7. Using the Double Threshold tool
      5m 59s
    8. Contrast/Brightness
      2m 30s
    9. D-Lighting
      2m 58s
    10. Tonal correction using LCH
      2m 47s
    11. More tonal correction examples
      9m 48s
    12. More on the Edit List
      5m 13s
  6. 32m 27s
    1. Quick Fix vs. Adjust: the Edit List revisited
      2m 16s
    2. Saturation/Warmth
      3m 5s
    3. Color Booster
      2m 40s
    4. Color Balance
      2m 2s
    5. More on the neutral control point
      4m 57s
    6. Adjusting color using Levels and Curves
      7m 45s
    7. Color correction using LCH
      4m 23s
    8. Contrast: Color Range
      1m 57s
    9. Configuring editing preferences
      2m 15s
    10. Photo effects
      1m 7s
  7. 22m 31s
    1. What is RAW and why should you care?
      2m 47s
    2. Adjusting white balance
      4m 38s
    3. Highlight recovery
      4m 59s
    4. Picture controls
      2m 50s
    5. Noise reduction
      4m 34s
    6. Using Capture NX with non-Nikon raw files
      2m 43s
  8. 36m 15s
    1. Introducing control points
      8m 27s
    2. More on control points
      5m 17s
    3. Advanced control point options
      2m 24s
    4. The Selection brush
      4m 48s
    5. The Lasso and Fill tools
      4m 16s
    6. The Selection Gradient tool
      4m 42s
    7. The Selection Control Point tool
      4m 0s
    8. Control point management
      2m 21s
  9. 17m 43s
    1. How to convert to black and white
      4m 4s
    2. Localized editing of black-and-white images
      4m 11s
    3. Selective black-and-white conversion
      3m 41s
    4. Colorizing or Toning
      1m 49s
    5. Adding grain
      2m 2s
    6. Photo effects for black and white
      1m 56s
  10. 16m 1s
    1. Creating multiple versions
      5m 34s
    2. Copying edits from one image to another
      3m 43s
    3. The Batch menu
      5m 38s
    4. Batch processing from the Capture NX browser
      1m 6s
  11. 47m 2s
    1. Size and resolution
      7m 20s
    2. Fit Photo
      2m 4s
    3. Reducing an image
      3m 3s
    4. Enlarging an image
      4m 10s
    5. Sharpening
      8m 17s
    6. Localized sharpening
      3m 54s
    7. High-pass sharpening
      3m 7s
    8. Color management overview
      3m 29s
    9. Levels output sliders
      1m 58s
    10. Soft proofing
      6m 35s
    11. Printing
      3m 5s
  12. 40s
    1. Goodbye

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Capture NX 2 Essential Training
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In this course, photographer and teacher Ben Long shows how to use the Nikon Capture NX2 photo-editing software to perform nondestructive sharpening, white balancing, tonal and color corrections, and more. The course covers how to set preferences and define an efficient postproduction workflow, how to perform and automate a wide variety of image edits, how to work with RAW files, and how to get the best results when printing.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the Capture NX2 interface
  • Navigating an image library with ViewNX, an alternative browser
  • Cropping, straightening, and rotating an image
  • Correcting contrast with Levels and Curves
  • Boosting and balancing color
  • Correcting color with Quick Fix versus Adjust
  • Performing localized editing with U Point Control Points
  • Making selections with the Selection Brush
  • Converting images to black and white
  • Colorizing or toning black-and-white images
  • Reducing and enlarging images for print
  • Adding localized sharpening
  • Saving your work
  • Soft proofing and printing
Capture NX2 Camera Raw


Hi! My name is Ben Long, and welcome to Nikon Capture NX 2 Essential Training. There are a lot of image editing programs out there, but if you're a Nikon shooter, Capture NX might be the only one you need. Capture NX gives you a single application that provides RAW conversion, image editing, and workflow management. In this course, we're going to explore all the ins and outs of all of Capture NX 2's features. We're going to start with the browser. We'll look at how you can whose Capture NX to manage your workflow, from ingest to output.

We'll see how to tag images with metadata, how to sort and filter and label, and how all of these tools can help speed your post-production. Capture NX 2 is a completely non- destructive image editing system, and we'll explore what that means and what its advantages are as we work through all of its editing tools, including its exceptional U-point controls, which make complex localized editing very, very easy. Tonal correction, color correction, black-and-white conversion, all those will be covered, as well as RAW conversion and batch processing. And finally, we'll look at output and discuss the details of sizing, sharpening, color management, and printing.

Capture NX 2 has it all, and in this course you'll see it all in action, so grab your mouse and let's get started.

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