I'm wondering if there are some suggestions for which post-processing software is the best for the D-800.
I've been using Aperture, from Apple, and with the D-800 the colors appear to be not the same as they were with my D-300 or D-90. Some of my issues can be operator error as I am still learning how to use the D-800.
But, if anyone has solid suggestions, or thoughts, I'm listening.
#1. "RE: Best Post Processing Software for D-800" In response to Reply # 0
You didn't specify whether you were shooting RAW or jpg, so it's tough to guess. If you're shooting RAW, then the image you see in post is due to how Aperture is processing and rendering the image. If you're shooting jpg/tiff, then the rendering is done in-camera according to the image settings you have selected, such as sharpening, saturation, color space, white balance, etc.
I have never used Aperture as I'm a PC/Lightroom guy. Lightroom has defaults set for how it will process a RAW image, and these are user-adjustable. How you set them will affect how your image is imported and displayed. I would assume that this is true for Aperture as well. If you're importing jpg/tiff, Lightroom will leave the image alone by default, but you can change that, too.
You might want to reset Aperture's import processing settings to their factory defaults and see if this affects your results, and progress from there.
I'm currently running LR 4.1 and PS 6. My D800 is due to arrive Tuesday, and I can't wait. I do all my post on an HP laptop with an i7 quad core processor, 8GB RAM, and high-rpm drives. I'm waiting to see how snappy it will be with the large RAW files that the 800 will produce. I've got my fingers crossed...
#2. "RE: Best Post Processing Software for D-800" In response to Reply # 0
South Florida, US
I too use Aperture, now with my D800E. For me the greatest improvement in post processing has been with NIK software. It is just awesome! The software seamlessly integrates with Aperture and with a right-click of the mouse you can use it on a photo in Aperture. Considering everything in the market, it is not overly complicated to learn and cost effective. There are numerous pre-sets or you can create your own templates and use them over and over. For example: some for portraits and others for landscapes.
Color Efex Pro 4 and Vivenza 2 are really stellar. Sometimes B & H runs a special on their entire NIK package (I own the entire package). I suggest you Google NIK software as they have tutorials. Also, I have called them and they are very friendly and competent. To me, NIK was a real find and I used it all of the time. All the best. Good luck.
#3. "RE: Best Post Processing Software for D-800" In response to Reply # 0
There is no "best" solution for a person using a D800. Image editing software varies but they all work under the same principle - manipulating pixels. Now, if you are shooting images in the NEF format then you should consider what is available and how each program handles the sensor data in the raw file. Nikon Capture NX 2 is able to read all the settings from your camera and thus you get in post pretty much what you see in the LCD of the camera. All other raw converters can only read the white balance setting in the camera and will usually generate a neutral or "flat" image as a starting point. Programs like Lightroom and ACR in Photoshop use camera profiles to give you different starting points and apply settings that replicate either the camera settings or for specific types of images such as landscape or portraits, vivid, etc. You can even develop your own custom profiles. Once you demosaic the raw file into an image file you are then working with the pixels in an image such as you would if you are shooting to JPG or TIF.
If you are seeing color changes in your D800 files in Aperture I would look at the color management settings in Aperture. What color space are you sending the files to? What color space do you have selected in the the camera? For the most compatibility set these to the same space.
#4. "RE: Best Post Processing Software for D-800" In response to Reply # 0
Colorado Springs, US
While I don't normally use Aperture, I have a copy and have tried it with my D800 files. From everything I saw, it worked very well, and I saw no problems with colors, etc. Keep in mind that colors vary a bit from camera to camera, coupled with color profiles having been created by Apple at differing points in time. I'd give it a bit more time and not jump to a different software package.
#5. "RE: Best Post Processing Software for D-800" In response to Reply # 0
I am not an Aperture user. I was using Photoshop CS5 and the Topaz Suite of plug-ins. Since buying the D800, I have upgraded to CS6 and switched to the Nik plug-ins. CS6 works really well with the big D800 images. It finally uses the full 64-bit capability of my computer and the quad processors to speed up operations.
The Nik plug-ins are incredible. I have friends who have been using them for over a year; they have raved about the tools many times. I finally switched because Topaz was causing my computer to lock up too often. I will never go back...well, not soon. Nik Color Efex Pro produces more realistic results with greater details. Topaz Adjust and Clean sometimes seem to take away details.
I am sure it is a leap frog with this software just like it is with other software. Right now, Nik is ahead for me.
With all of these tools, it is still a good idea to re-boot your computer after an hour or two of editing. The software vendors don't do a good job of controlling their use of memory. The computer will start to slow down after a while, and the only way to get the memory and speed back is to re-boot.