Need advice from those who use Capture NX2 and Photo Mechanic.
The images attached are a screenshot of one RAW image from my D700. Standard Picture Control with ADL at Normal. Direct from camera no processing at all.
One image is the NX2 histogram plus Shadows from View menu. The other is exactly the same opened firstly in PM with its Blown Shadows checked.
Why is there such a difference? I am sure the PM histogram is the correct one of the two.
The camera was set to an exposure fine tuning of 4/6 because that is what was required to prevent blown out highlights,(typical of my D700 & not the point of this post)(chorus of "the D700 exposes to the right" if by that it means big spikes against the right edge yes that's what mine does)
Thanks for replies, appreciate what you say but my point now, is it not the case that one gives the impression that all is well where the other says it is a blown shadow image. In the NX2 case there is a small gap before the left edge no matter how you look at it? And so PM can only be used as an ingest annotation tool, ignored for its helpful looking info because the file looks horrendous to me when initially ingested.
Fri 07-Jun-13 03:58 PM | edited Sat 08-Jun-13 04:36 PM by mklass
If PM isn't 't displaying the images properly, check you color space and color management settings in PM. My jpgs look the same in PM and CNX2.
In my case, in PM's Preferences, I have set the default color space to Adobe RGB (this only affects images that don't have the color space defined) and have also checked the three boxes for Color Manage thumbnails for display, Color Manage previews for display and Embed ICC Profile into Camera JPEGs when copying.
If you are having problems with PM or have questions about it, Camera Bits' support through their forum is exemplary.
In order to help understand this, you might want to do a JPG extract from Photomechanic, and then open that extracted JPG file in CNX2 and see what it says, as well as confirming that PM sees that file the same as when it was embedded in the raw.
I'm suggesting using Tools|Extract in Photomechanic, not "Save As". That should extract the same JPG image that PM uses when viewing the raw image.
If you have a color management issue in one or both of the two apps, then this might help to confirm it.