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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.
Capture NX can read Nikon RAW files, TIFF, and JPEG files. So if you shoot RAW with a non-Nikon camera, you'll need to first convert your RAW images to TIFFs or JPEGs using a different RAW converter, and then open those files in Capture NX. If you're a Nikon shooter, you should be able to open the RAW files from your camera directly in Capture NX, and as you'll see, RAW files offer a lot of editing features that aren't possible with JPEGs and TIFFs. If you can't get Capture NX to open your Nikon RAW file it might be because you're not running the very latest version of NX 2.
If you have a newer Nikon camera then you might need to download a free upgrade. You can tell Capture NX to check for updates itself by choosing Update Capture NX 2 from the Help menu. As you'll see later, if you're a Nikon shooter, Capture NX has some other advantages, such as the ability to automatically apply picture-control edits to your processed RAW files, and you'll learn more about that in Chapter 6.
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