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billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007Fri 07-Jan-11 12:40 PM
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"D7000 HDR RAW TIP"
Fri 07-Jan-11 08:57 PM by billD80

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This may be obvious to everyone, but me... Still, coming from a D200, when thi wasn't nearly as noticeable, if shooting in RAW, even though Photomatix has a D7000 RAW conversion ability built-in, I've noticed a HUGE improvement if you convert NEFs to JPEGs (or TIFFs) via VIEW NX2 (or Capture NX2), BEFORE going to Photomatix.

Because of the D7000 WhiteBalance ability, this dramatically reduces the need for PostProcessing Color Correction after the HDR image has been generated.

The final result can be reached either way, but one takes a good deal less labor.








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RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter MemberFri 07-Jan-11 01:54 PM
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#1. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP"
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Monterey Bay, US
          

Very nice!
For shots like this I would probably shoot NEF + JPEG just to not loose any opportunity to get the best image.

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Low quality Event Photos that do this outsell a "masterpiece" that does not.

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billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007Fri 07-Jan-11 05:18 PM
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>Very nice!
>For shots like this I would probably shoot NEF + JPEG just to
>not loose any opportunity to get the best image.
>

Thanks. I'm not sure why shooting NEF only risks losing a best image opportunity?

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Gamecocks Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jul 2010Fri 07-Jan-11 09:25 PM
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Fri 07-Jan-11 09:31 PM by Gamecocks

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Hey Bill,

I do this (shoot NEF and convert) and then have both formats available and then can pull up either from the screen. I don't believe you lose any data by doing this? Also, this saves space on the card.
John

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billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007Fri 07-Jan-11 09:33 PM
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>Hey Bill,
>Instead of shooting both NEF + JPEG, thereby reducing the available >shots on the card, wouldn't it be easier to shoot NEF, download to >ViewNX2 and then use the convert button to convert to JPEG? I do >this and then have both formats available and then can pull up >either from the screen. I don't believe you lose any data by doing >this? This goes back to what the OP said and your take.

>John

Well, yes John. Your point is mine too. I am the OP...

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RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter MemberSat 08-Jan-11 03:15 AM
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#5. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP"
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Monterey Bay, US
          

Actually, when I do shoot both formats, I keep the NEF as backup.
Then in the rare instance that I cannot get what I want out of the JPEG (which is much easier and faster with ACDsee Pro),
then I can work with the RAW file.
At that point I will use the Nikon software and also fire up CS5 if needed.

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Sventek Registered since 23rd Dec 2007Sat 08-Jan-11 10:51 AM
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#6. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP"
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Perth, AU
          

I believe that using .jpeg files is the recommendation for Photomatix. I'm pretty sure it's on their website.

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billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007Sat 08-Jan-11 12:35 PM
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#7. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP"
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>I believe that using .jpeg files is the recommendation for
>Photomatix. I'm pretty sure it's on their website.

Actually, it's not the recommendation. The website indicates jpegs CAN be used, but assumes that for most people, RAW or TIFFs will be used (depending on circumstances).

To me, the D7000 great White Balance ability trumps the Photomatix conversion (though using the D200 I didn't find this to be the case).

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KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006Sun 09-Jan-11 04:09 AM
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#8. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP"
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Sun 09-Jan-11 04:11 AM by KnightPhoto

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With my other cameras I found I get a much sharper end result by using ViewNX to convert to TIFF first and take those into Photomatix. I assume this is because View NX bakes in the in-camera sharpening when creating the TIFF. I hadn't thought about the WB but perhaps that was an additional factor as to why I liked the end result better. And don't forget the picture controls BTW. View NX is baking that in too.

I found that no matter what I could never get as sharp a result even in Capture NX2 afterwards if I fed RAW straight into Photomatix. Hmm I shot some D7000 bracketed bursts the other day. Maybe I'll go process one now.

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KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006Sun 09-Jan-11 05:35 AM
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#9. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP"
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Alberta, CA
          

Here's my first HDR effort with the D7000 and the original "middle" exposure shown first. I tend to monkey around with colour temperature when I'm doing HDR - in this case I liked blue for this pre-dawn capture


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RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter MemberSun 09-Jan-11 07:50 AM
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Steve,
Is Blue for burrrrr. I hate cold, especially snow.
I like the upper (original?) one best.

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pwarbeck Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2009Sun 09-Jan-11 04:13 PM
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#11. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP"
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Actually, Photomatix explicitly recommends against inputting raw files directly. They advise using a raw converter on your raw files and sending tiff or jpeg to Photomatix. Read their FAQ "Do I need to process bracketed RAW files to TIFF format first?"

http://www.hdrsoft.com/support/faq_photomatix.html#process_raw

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