>Good Morning Rags, > >I upgraded from a D70S and found that my pictures taken on the >default settings were not quite sharp enough and others have >felt that their WB were not quite right, etc. There are ways >to increase saturation, decrease contrast, etc. in camera so >that you do not have to always do that while postprocessing. >I know that changing the settings in camera has really reduced >my postshooting processing time. However, this is only true >if you are shooting in JPG. If you shoot in raw and then open >in Adobe, it ignores these settings/defaults (per my husband >who knows more on this subject than I do. When they first >came out with the D90, its raw files were not supported >everywhere, so I was shooting JPG. So I did learn to tweak >the default settings. > >HTH
However, If you shoot RAW and process in Capture NX2 all of your in-camera settings are saved with the file. There is great discussion about the merits of all of the post processing applications and everyone has their reasons for using the one they like the best. But here is my 2 cents worth.
If you shoot only in raw, you have the ability to fix many mistakes that you might make in the field, no matter how experienced you are. We can all agree that if you forget to change your white balance when you go outside, RAW processors can fix it in a snap.
However, Nikon Capture NX2 is the only processor that will apply every in camera setting to the RAW file automatically without any input from the user besides loading the image.
This means that if you get your camera dialed in just the way you like it, you will have much less Post Processing time to deal with afterward. NX2 applies sharpening, noise reduction, WB, curves, contrast, EVERYTHING you set the camera to do.
Last week I took about 300 images at a music venue. After culling out 95 keeper shots, I found that my camera settings were so good I only had to modify 6 images. WOW! that's a record for me! 89 shots with no PP adjustment! Now, I've been shooting this venue for years and they have even set up the stage lighting to my specifications so I've got this place dialed in really well, but still, NOT having to apply all of those settings to 95 images was a HUGE time saver.