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.
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
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>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.
Well, yes John. Your point is mine too. I am the OP...
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.
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.
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
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?"