Capture NX2 with Lightroom/Photoshop
I'm a software newbie - but feel somewhat comfortable with NX2 and just slightly familiar with Photoshop. I have read on the forum that the best and most accurate NEF processing is with Nikon software - but it sounds like edits I do in NX2 are not seen by LR/Photoshop. So how does one use the three tools? Do you have to do work in NX2 - and then save it as a TIFF before using Lightroom or Photoshop? Am I correct that NX2 edits are lost if you save them as a NEF file?
Thanks for your help
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TiggerGTO Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2006Fri 01-Jan-10 02:55 PM
Your understanding is correct, but I would not say that the NX2 edits are lost. It's just that if you make changes and save them to the nef, only NX2 can see those changes. To get the modified image into Lightroom or Photoshop, you have to use "save as" or "open with" from NX2 to create a tif.
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robsb Nikonian since 23rd Aug 2006Sat 02-Jan-10 05:29 AM
Alan there are many differences between Photoshop and NX2. NX2 saves all edits right to the NEf file as anon distructive list that can be revisited and changed at any time in the future. Photshop cannot read NX2 edits,just like NX2 cannot read Photoshop edits to the NEF file. The edits are still there, but photoshopalso saves their edits in a sidecar not the NEF. You also know I am sure that Photohsop and lightroom cannot read any of the Nikon camera settings and therefore cannot change them in post, like NX2 can. So if for some reason you want to perform some edits in Lightroom or Photoshop after editing the NEF in NX2 you must pass a 16 bit TIF to those products by clicking on open with in NX2. It will then send a 16 bit TIF version of your NEF to the Program you chose
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pdekman Nikonian since 17th Nov 2005Sat 02-Jan-10 10:02 PM
As a self-proclaimed 'software newbie', are you looking for a non-destructive, raw image editor in particular or would a pixel-based editor suffice? Or, are you attempting to put together a complete workflow solution from image capture, to storage, to printing? Anything you can share regarding your existing workflow and desired solutions would help.
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ahubba Nikonian since 06th Apr 2009Sun 03-Jan-10 03:52 PM
I'm looking for a workflow solution that's easy to learn and use. I have some experience with NX2 and like it - and a little less with Photoshop (definitely struggling to learn). I was actually wondering what Lightroom brings to the table for someone in my position - 'newbie amateur' with aspirations to improve
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pdekman Nikonian since 17th Nov 2005Sun 03-Jan-10 04:59 PM
The 'easiest' workflow solution is probably shooting .jpg in sRGB colorspace and doing simple adjustments afterward. You'll have a file that contains the viewable image, is easily shared and looks pretty much like what you see on the back of the camera. A large host of software will handle these files such as PS-Elements, Picasa, etc. Not a lot different than using a P&S camera.
Many of us choose to shoot in raw format though to obtain the advantages of greater bit-depth and much more latitude in post-processing than a directly rendered JPEG or TIFF allows. As you are using NX2, I assume you're shooting raw? Getting a grasp on the fundamentals of raw sensor data (.NEF) + rendering recipe (all those sliders) = viewable output file (.jpg/.tif)?
Lightroom was designed to be a photographic-centric environment that includes a raw image editor, image management tools, multi-image printing layout, as well as web-hosting and slideshow viewing. Some folks like to minimize the number of apps needed in their workflow so LR accomodates this pretty well, others like to choose specific "best-in-class" apps for each step and build their own workflow environment. These choices are highly individualized which makes it difficult to recommend a specific solution - and is why most sw vendors offer 30-day trials of their apps.
I won't try and summarize the nuances of the which sw is better debate - search the threads for some insight there and give them a try. I will say that making an informed choice - AND REALLY LEARNING - the software you choose will go a long way to having a productive workflow.