The consensus seems to be that to get the most out of the D100, one should shoot in RAW mode. I can view the pics in Nikon View 5.0, but how do I manipulate and print them? Can I do it with the Nikon editor in 5.0, do I need Capture 3.0, or can I somehow get the file to work in Photoshop (I have PS 5)?
If you have installed Nikon View 5, it should place a plugin into your Photoshop 5.0 so that you can open a RAW NEF file in Photoshop.
When you go to open it, Photoshop will bring up a little box and a thumbnail image of your picture and let you adjust the Exposure and possibly the White Balance. It will then open as a 16 bit picture in Photoshop. However, you cannot do layers in 16 bit in photoshop, although you can apply curves and other adjustments, you just cannot apply layers or layer masks. You can convert to 8 bit by clicking on Mode and then right under RGB or LAB, forgot which, you will see 16 bit checked. Check 8 bit and it will convert.
Better still, if you want to fully manipulate your image, install Nikon Capture 3.0 and then you can manipulate the RAW image and apply curves to it. You can also save the curves and upload them to your camera, but you can only do this with Nikon Capture 3.0.
Please bitch to Nikon about the problem. I think that they can address the problem in firmware so that JPEGS are much sharper, but they should hear about the problem from as many persons as possible. They were quick to do a firmware upgrade after the first shipment of cameras had a white balance preset problem, and I think it is about time that they addressed the fuzziness and muddy problem with JPEGs.
I spoke with a fellow today who shoots with a D1X and a D-100 and he advised that the JPEGS in the D1X are fine and not muddy and not lacking focus as with the D-100.
I agree. anyone who has a D100 should call Nikon Support and complain about the Fuzziness and muddy pics. I have called support and complained. The reply I recieved was that I was the first to complain about this problem.(Yea Right!)They tried to say that the Memory Card was the problem. I explained to them that in the manual it stated that it was tested and approved by their own people. I Then asked to speak with the supervisor to log a complaint. Make sure to do this so to get a case# from them. I ended the call stated that I was going to test the camera with a another Tested and approved memory card listed in the manual. The supervisor told me once I check on this they would look further into my problem. So Do call them. I seen problems like this before with other companys. The last thing I think this company needs is a class action suit to force them to face the issue.
#6. "RE: So how do I work with RAW?" | In response to Reply # 0
Sat 14-Sep-02 07:33 PM
I am shooting RAW with the D1x with the auto Nikon sharpening OFF. Then i run a general batch through BIBBLE www.bibblelabs.com which converts it to what my Photoshop 7.0 can read. My Colors tend to be better and my highlights are not nearly as blown out as when i shoot in jpeg high. I love the raw mode, however it is much slower to write to the falsh cards.