Greetings: This may seem like a very elementary question, but I was wondering what post-production software the experienced among you find most useful and satisfactory. Where does Nikon's own NIkon Capture 3 fit into the scheme of things? Besides controlling the camera from a computer, does it offer post-production features? Is it worth the price? There are so many photo manipulation/storage programs out there it is enough to send you away talking to yourself. As always, thanks for your help. This forum is priceless.
The Nikon Capture 3 software is especially useful for processing images taken in the NEF format, which many users prefer for the best results. NC3 has several post-processing features, including sharpening, curves, levels, exposure, etc., as well as batch processing.
Warren: Thanks for your help. What is current street price for Photoshop? Are its features better than the comparable features in the Nikon package, or does the Nikon package just not offer as many features? I also wonder if there are folks who simply bypass Nikon and purchase other equally satisfactory packages. Thanks again.
Bibble has been my choice since owning my D100, mainly since my current OS is Win98, and Nikon Capture 3 only loads down to Win 98SE. After laying out 2K for my D100, I'm going to wait for a while to upgrade anymore hardware. Bibble has all the post processing goodies and saves tif's to photoshop to produce outstanding prints, up to 13 X 19 on my Epson 1270, with some added tweaks.
Thanks Mike. What is the full name of the Bibble package? What is the approximate cost? Are you unable to shoot in NEF mode, or just unable to process it? I presume that you shoot in tif format. Do you feel that this is a disadvantage as opposed to shooting in the NEF format? I know that I am asking a lot of questions, but so far all this digital stuff is like Greek to me. Thanks for your help.
Two months ago, Ralph, I was in the same boat as you. I had just purchased my D100 and had learned, to my surprize, that various types of software were required to get the RAW Nikon files into a condition that I could make quality prints on my ink jet printer from them. I was surprized to be advised that in addition to the software I received with my D100, "Nikon View", I should also purchase "Nikon Capture."
I had already purchased Photoshop 7 (PS7), which I thought would be all I'd need. Since then I've learned to import RAW files into PS7 and process them without "Nikon Capture." Someone may correct me, but I believe I can do everything with PS7 that you can with Capture.
PS7 has a lot of features that Capture doesn't, which makes it a better choice overall. It also has a huge base of experienced users, which makes the learning curve easier, and is supported by an abundance of third party user's manuals.
One of the key advantages of the RAW format is that the image is stored with multiple EVs built into the file, simulating bracketed exposures. That is the only feature I was concerned I couldn't access without Capture, but it turns out that "Nikon View" gives you the option of adjusting image EV as you import it into PS7.
So I think I am losing nothing, gaining a lot of features and support, and saving money by combining "Nikon View" with PS7.
Hi Ralph Photoshop is expensive not sure of current price but it will be 3 times that of NC3, Photoshop is used by profeesionals it really is awesome but there are hundreds of features you would probably never use. I still only use a small % of what it can do.
Bibble is okay its downfall (i think anyway) is that when you modify a NEF file it saves changes in seperate file that must be moved as you move files around.