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Using the D810A DSLR for Deep Space and Nebulae Astrophotography

Photographing Nebulae and other celestial objects with…

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 9

Find out how to brighten up the dark edges of an image caused by vignetting.

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 3

Find out how to remove specks of dust on an image, with naturally looking results.

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New Directions: The D750 Inspires Creating, and Sharing, New Images

Lindsay Silverman shoots with the D750 DSLR

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Photo Editing with Nikon's Capture NX 2

Learn to use editing features of Capture NX 2 software to get the most from your…

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Capture NX 2: Lesson 6

Discover how to make the colors in a landscape more vivid.

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Image Overlay: Combining Images Together In-Camera

Image Overlay lets you combine multiple images together in-camera

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Getting the "Cool" Look

My daughter, Kiara, wanted some pictures of herself with her new guitar. She was looking for some…

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Take Control of Color using Picture Controls

Diana Robinson gets the color she wants with Picture Controls in-camera and…

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Marketplace: D7100 HD-SLR

The Nikon D7100 is a top-of-the-line performer

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Hands On: Range Rover

Lindsay Silverman on the many moods of HDR

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Jim Richardson: Why Fast Lenses Make All the Difference

When You’re Constantly on the Move, Fast Glass Makes Tough Shots…

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Top Photography Tips from Nikon School Instructors

Learn photography the easy way, at Nikon School

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VR Image Stabilization

VR image stabilization technology detects vertical and horizontal movement and offsets it by…

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Active D-Lighting

Active D-Lighting optimizes high contrast images to restore the shadow and highlight details that are…

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A Snapshot of Digital Images Online

A statistical look at how much image data is stored in the cloud

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3D Mode

Capture images in 3D for viewing on 3D compatible HDTVs and computers.

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Nikon Celebrates the 80th Anniversary of NIKKOR

NIKKOR Lenses: 80 Years at the Heart of Your Images

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Following Your Heart for Great Images

Robin Layton discusses making great images

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Nikon Electronic Format (NEF)

Nikon's RAW file format contains all the image information captured by the camera's sensor.

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Live Image Control

Live Image Control lets you preview how certain settings will affect your final image

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What to do When you Need Stills while Shooting HD Video

Shoot simultaneously or save a frame options with the D4 or D4s…

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Creatively Photographing Objects Up Close

The idea that less is more can be applied to the subject matter in your photos.

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Subject Tracking

Subject Tracking enhances your shooting experience by automatically adjusting focus as it follows the…

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Taking Better Photos of Your Kids at Play

Taking photos of your kids while at play make great images; next time you’re…

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Flash Photography on Location

Ami Vitale on using a single Speedlight for illumination

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Composing Photographs

Tips for making better compositions when photographing in the field

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Building Your Creative Team

Dixie Dixon on building a creative support team

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Polarizing Filters Add POW to Pictures

An Easy to Use Accessory, Polarizing Filters Bring out the Color and Definition in…

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Scene Recognition System and Advanced SRS

Nikon's SRS and Advanced SRS recognize the position, color, tones and…

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Setting Up Your D4S or D4 DSLR for Networking with the WT-5

Video tutorial on setting up the D4S and WT-5A for wireless…

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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 1 - Control of Color

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Repeating Flash Lighting Technique

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A New Sharp Shooter

Mike Corrado on shooting with the Nikon D810

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Lucas Gilman

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Photograph Family and Friends During the Holidays

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Nikon Capture NX-D Software

Capture NX-D is a non-destructive RAW image processing application that utilizes a sidecar system to save adjustments for Nikon photographers looking to edit and process Nikon .NEF or .NRW files. By using a sidecar file, instead of storing changes in the original file, Capture NX-D is non-destructive. This means you can always reprocess an image without having to undo all of your previous changes.

Capture NX-D is Mac and PC compatible, and can open and process .NEF and .NRW files from all Nikon digital cameras—current or older. Photographers who are used to working with their .NEF or .NRW files in Nikon Capture NX2 or Nikon View NX2 will find the new Capture NX-D quicker in its processing time and intuitive to use. Capture NX-D uses the same genuine Nikon RAW processing engine that you're already used to working with so migration to the new software will be seamless and consistent from image to image.

The sidecar file with the image adjustments, are stored in a “NKSC_PARAM” folder in the same folder as the original image. If you backup your images to an external hard drive, removable media or the cloud, you will need to make sure that this folder stays with the original images. If this folder or the image adjustment file is deleted, changes will be lost. Similarly, don’t rename the image adjustment file as it and the original image are linked via the file name and doing so will cause changes to be lost or applied to another image.

Once the .NEF or .NRW file is processed, it can then be moved to other imaging applications in a 16-bit TIFF format for further editing or retouching in other programs such as Adobe® Photoshop® or even Nikon Capture NX2. You can also save images as JPG files.

Images that have previously been edited using Capture NX2 can be further edited in Capture NX-D however while U-point adjustments will be applied to the images, the U-points won’t be editable.

Floating palettes can be arranged in a workspace that best supports your workflow style and needs—even positioned on a second monitor—and you can choose from seven different display styles. Palettes include: the Folder Palette, which lists the folders in the computer’s storage system; the Histogram Palette, the Navigation Palette or Bird’s Eye which shows the area of an image that is visible when zoomed in; the Edit Palette which features image adjustment tools; and the Metadata Palette which shows the Image EXIF data.

Images can be viewed as thumbnails, double clicked as full image previews, or with the current image preview and thumbnails combined. You can also view images in a side-by-side comparison if you want to see before and after views, and compare various images in 2-up and 4-up layouts. (4-up is only possible using the 64-bit OS version.)

Features of Capture NX-D include batch processing, levels and curves adjustments, adjustments to Nikon Picture Controls including the latest Picture Control styles as well as with RAW files from older cameras, white balance, noise reduction, unsharp mask and camera and lens corrections.

Adjustments that can only be made to RAW (NEF or NRW) files include Exposure Compensation, Active D-Lighting, White Balance, and Picture Control. Also, select settings in the Noise Reduction tool and Camera and Lens Corrections tool will only work on RAW files.

The updated Nikon Picture Control Utility 2 is included with the installer for Capture NX-D, which features the Flat Picture Control as well as the new Clarity parameter. Other features of Picture Control Utility 2 include finer adjustments of each parameter, expandable window size, flexible size of the preview screen, larger display for easy setting of fine-tuning and more. And, you can also create custom Picture Controls to upload to your camera.

Click here to download Capture NX-D software.

System Requirements:


Windows
 OS: Windows® Vista® (Service Pack 2), Windows 7 (Service Pack 1), Windows 8.1

Both 32- and 64-bit systems are supported (native support)

CPU: Pentium®-compatible CPU (Core i5 or better recommended)

RAM: 2 GB or more (4 GB or more recommended), 4 GB or more under 64-bit OS

Screen resolution: 1024x768 (XGA) or higher


Mac
 OS: OS X® versions 10.7, 10.8, 10.9; 64-bit OS supported

CPU: Core™ 2 Duo or better (Core i5 or better recommended)

RAM: 4 GB or more

Screen resolution: 1024x768 (XGA) or higher


RAW (.NEF/.NRW format images captured with a Nikon digital camera, JPEG and TIFF images supported.

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