Saturday, August 12, 2006


Timeless Serenity and New Software

Used Nikon Capture NX to edit this image of a small terra cotta figure from the Cummer.

I like the feline grace of her facial features and the dreamy, peaceful expression.

But the Cummer shoved her behind glass and lit her harshly, causing sharp-edged shadows.

I downloaded the trial of Capture NX from Nikon, and this is definitely one of the most innovative pieces of software I've used in AGES. Nikon (Nik Multimedia) has changed workflow, paradigms, and approoaches and the result is a stunning piece of editing software with a very real learning curve but extraordinary capabilities.

Watch out, Adobe. It's not a replacement for Photoshop, as it only does one thing-- photo editing- but it does that one thing very, very well. Once you get used to the new interface and embrace the whole "control points" methodology you'll be as blown away as I was. Designed for use with NEF files, but will also work on the JPG's and Tiffs produced by most digital cameras. (Though you lose the non-destructiive adjustment advantages of RAW in those formats) . Posted by Picasa

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