Jason's new eBook is now available for download from his website at www.luminescentphoto.com/capturenx.html . On a first scan it looks well laid out and seems to be easy to read. A new book for the weekend is always a good thing, one on NX doubly special!
Thanks for all the kind words, everyone. I honestly never would have had this idea had I not joined Nikonians several years ago. Posting and reading threads here has given me a much better understanding of photography. Moreover, it's nice to know that when you are working with a piece of software or your camera, you are not alone.
Any plans for a printed version of this e-book? The ease of publishing of an e-book must be great (compared to conventional publishing), but I still find I prefer traditional books in actual use. Either way thanks for taking the time to fill the info niche on NX.
I think the book is great but also wanted it in regular book form. I find it easier to look at the book and work on my computer at the same time so I took my copy of Jason's ebook to Kinkos and had a hard copy printed and they did a nice coil binding with covers front and back. I had it all done in black and white for just under $20. You can do the full color version also for a few more dollars.
Great eBook. The best complement I can give it is that it's the best $25 upgrade to any of my photographic/post production equipment that I've made in a very long time!
If you are using Capture NX then this book covers a ton of material that isn't easily found in the product help files and the provision of some sample sets for various picture types is really helpful. I thought I knew Capture & Capture NX reasonably well but I never really got to grips with the LCH controls. Jason's book was an epiphany for me and I can't believe that I haven't been using ths for so long.
I would like to add my congratulations to Jason for his excellent book. He has clearly devoted a deal of thought to both the content and the structure of the book. The exposition is particularly lucid throughout. Without ever being dogmatic, Jason provides countless useful recommendations regarding techniques and settings.
It is a valuable complement to the Capture NX manual. I realise that it would be a departure from their standard practices but I suspect that if Nikon USA and Nikon Europe could, via some ‘arrangement’ with Jason, make it available for download on their websites, the take-up of NX could be increased substantially.
"Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty." David Hume, Scottish philosopher, 'Of the Standard of Taste' (1757).
Thanks, Dick. I appreciate it. You're right. I never knew how cool the LCH tool was until I started fooling with it in NC4. I think it is one of the most powerful tools in NX. I pretty much use it on all my photos now.
A hearty "thank you" to Jason. I had been playing around with NX for awhile, but just couldn't get my photos looking good---always a bit flat and fuzzy. Having a step-by-step guide so well laid out has made all the difference. The settings files work really well, too. Now, I seldom need to transfer into photoshop, I can get printable photos in most cases in NX. Thanks again, a very, very helpful book.
Chris, I'm not aware of any email issues with my e-commerce site. I have seen some people's credit cards refused, but I have lots of happy customers in the UK and elsewhere. You need to use a valid email address when purchasing so the download code can reach you.
Drop me an email if you continue to have issues and I'll make sure you can get a copy.