Nikon View NX- over sharpening when changing anything, even cropping
I have just switched from sony to Nikon and I'm still finding my way through the camera, software and this network.
I am shooting in RAW and using View NX2 to open the photos for converting to Jpeg and if needed using PS CS2 for fine tuning.
I was delighted to see that NX2 come with few tools for changing exposure, d-lighting, etc, much more advanced that my sony software.
This weekend I shot a train show and when I opened the photos and tried to crop them, adjust them or convert them to jpeg, I noticed the software is over sharpening my photos compared to the original ones and I cannot revert them. I have checked my settings to see if there was automatic sharpening, but nothing.
Does any one have an idea of what is happening? It only seems to be a problem with this set of photos. I was experimenting with active d-lighting (high), I wonder if that is the problem.
Thanks in advance for your help
#1. "RE: Nikon View NX- over sharpening when changing anything, even cropping" | In response to Reply # 0AreBee Registered since 27th Apr 2008Mon 23-Apr-12 07:58 PM
Welcome to Nikonians.
I haven't used ViewNX for a very long time. However, I do use Capture NX2 as my image editor of choice, so hopefully I can help you out. Please note that sharpening via Picture Control is not the best method available to sharpen your RAW images. Capture NX2 offers a couple of additional methods, one of which (USM) offers far greater control. However, the following will allow you to check the settings that the camera shot with - these settings can also be changed before capture via the camera menu.
1. Open one of your RAW images in Capture NX2
2. In the 'Develop' section on the right hand side, open the 'Camera Settings' dropdown
3. About one third of the way down the opened panel you will see the 'Picture Control' section. At present the drop down menu below this should read 'Unchanged', which is to say that the RAW file currently adopts the as-shot, in-camera Picture Control settings...which includes sharpness
4. If you open the 'Advanced' dropdown just below this, you will see five slider controls to adjust the picture control parameters. At present these will be disabled from editing
5. In order to edit the parameters, first change the 'Unchanged' drop down menu to another Picture Control type. This will automatically enable the 'Advanced' parameters and you can adjust to taste
Hope this helps.
#2. "RE: Nikon View NX- over sharpening when changing anything, even cropping" | In response to Reply # 1Mon 23-Apr-12 08:21 PM
I will try. I haven't downloaded Capture NX yet, as I am hoping to change my computer and I am afraid that I won't be able to transfer it to the new one (if it ever comes). But I'll give it a go.
Strangely enough, I was not even using picture control, the software seems to be sharpening the pictures just as I touch crop or exposure, e.g.
BTW, great shots, all of them, I especially liked the village and the ram in St. Kilda, and the standing stones in the Isle of Lewis, Bonnie Scotland.
#3. "RE: Nikon View NX- over sharpening when changing anything, even cropping" | In response to Reply # 2AreBee Registered since 27th Apr 2008Tue 24-Apr-12 10:33 AM | edited Tue 24-Apr-12 10:34 AM by AreBee
>...I was not even using picture control...<
Your D700 uses one of several Picture Controls to apply settings to each photo (check out your camera manual for additional information). Given that you shoot RAW, these settings are applied to the file when it is opened by View NX or Capture NX2 (because both are proprietory software from Nikon) but may be edited in post processing. If you shoot jpg, the in-camera Picture Control settings are applied permanently to the jpg and cannot be undone at a later date.
>...the software seems to be sharpening the pictures just as I touch crop or exposure, e.g<
I can't think why this would be. I presume it is not simply a case of the software rendering an image as it is being opened?
Thank you for the compliment.