Even though we ARE Nikon lovers,we are NOT affiliated with Nikon Corp. in any way.

English German French

Sign up Login
Home Forums Articles Galleries Recent Photos Contest Help Search News Workshops Shop Upgrade Membership Recommended
members
All members Wiki Contests Vouchers Apps Newsletter THE NIKONIAN™ Magazines Podcasts Fundraising
billD80

US
2238 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author
billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Fri 07-Jan-11 12:40 PM | edited Fri 07-Jan-11 08:57 PM by billD80

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.

Click on image to view larger version


Click on image to view larger version






Attachment#1 (jpg file)
Attachment#2 (jpg file)

www.billkeane.zenfolio.com

RRRoger

Monterey Bay, US
3373 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#1. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP" | In response to Reply # 0

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 Member
Fri 07-Jan-11 12:54 PM

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

Nearly all our pictures "capture the moment".
Low quality Event Photos that do this outsell a "masterpiece" that does not.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

billD80

US
2238 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#2. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP" | In response to Reply # 1

billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Fri 07-Jan-11 04:18 PM

>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?

www.billkeane.zenfolio.com

Gamecocks

Joanna, US
986 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#3. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP" | In response to Reply # 2

Gamecocks Registered since 22nd Jul 2010
Fri 07-Jan-11 08:25 PM | edited Fri 07-Jan-11 08:31 PM by Gamecocks

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

Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. <><

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

billD80

US
2238 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#4. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP" | In response to Reply # 3

billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Fri 07-Jan-11 08:33 PM

>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...

www.billkeane.zenfolio.com

RRRoger

Monterey Bay, US
3373 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#5. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP" | In response to Reply # 4

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 Member
Sat 08-Jan-11 02:15 AM

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.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Sventek

Perth, AU
123 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#6. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP" | In response to Reply # 0

Sventek Registered since 23rd Dec 2007
Sat 08-Jan-11 09:51 AM

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

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

billD80

US
2238 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#7. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP" | In response to Reply # 6

billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Sat 08-Jan-11 11:35 AM

>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).

www.billkeane.zenfolio.com

KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
4954 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#8. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP" | In response to Reply # 7

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Sun 09-Jan-11 03:09 AM | edited Sun 09-Jan-11 03:11 AM by KnightPhoto

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.

Best regards, SteveK

'A camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.' -- Dorothea Lange
My Nikonians gallery
My Nikonians Blog

KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
4954 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#9. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP" | In response to Reply # 8

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Sun 09-Jan-11 04:35 AM

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


Best regards, SteveK

'A camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.' -- Dorothea Lange
My Nikonians gallery
My Nikonians Blog

Click on image to view larger version



Click on image to view larger version


Attachment#1 (jpg file)
Attachment#2 (jpg file)

RRRoger

Monterey Bay, US
3373 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#10. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP" | In response to Reply # 9

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 Member
Sun 09-Jan-11 06:50 AM

Steve,
Is Blue for burrrrr. I hate cold, especially snow.
I like the upper (original?) one best.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

pwarbeck

Tucson AZ, US
254 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#11. "RE: D7000 HDR RAW TIP" | In response to Reply # 7

pwarbeck Registered since 25th May 2009
Sun 09-Jan-11 03:13 PM

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

Visit my gallery on 23hq

G