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Capture NX from Nikon is a powerful image-editing application that lets photographers work with digital photographs with more speed and efficiency than other software programs. Its underlying technology gives photographers the ability to make selective corrections to an image with just one click. "Real World Capture NX," written by digital photography expert Ben Long, takes photographers behind the scenes to see how this innovative program works. Along the way, Ben offers valuable tips and techniques for getting the most out of the software and digital cameras. <BR>Novice and expert photographers alike will benefit from Capture NX. New users can make advanced image corrections without learning sophisticated masking techniques. Advanced users can perform the complex edits they are accustomed to making in other programs in fewer steps. Any image corrections made with Capture NX are non-destructive, which means that the actual image data is unaltered and reversible until the photographer achieves the best results. Photographers who use Nikon cameras have access to special software features for working with raw, JPEG and TIFF images. While Capture NX was developed with Nikon cameras in mind, the software works with digital cameras from all manufacturers, thus broadening its appeal. Every digital photographer can use Capture NX--and will benefit from "Real World Capture NX."

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Thanks to new technologies, photographers can be disappointed in their shots instantly rather than waiting hours or days. Photographer and journalist Long shows how that disappointment can turn into fully justified pride with this software product that works with any digital camera as well as JPEG, TIFF and raw format photos. He provides nondestructive editing techniques that go far beyond removing awkward features in photos, such as your regional vice president, and include adjusting for color for better realism (or fantasy), touching up with a variety of tools, and preparing photos for output to print or Web. Long introduces basic theory about how cameras make images and how professionals manage their workflow to edit them, basic interfaces, using this basic information to prepare to edit, basic and advanced editing using traditional geometric tools and generally-accepted standards, version control and batch processing, and getting output that is not disappointing. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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With his friendly, accessible style, photographer and writer Ben Long takes you on a tour of the ins and outs of Nikon's powerful new photo editing program, which can be used with any digital camera! Real World Nikon Capture NX is packed with the kind of detail you can't get anywhere else. Long knows which features are important, like how to make selective corrections to an image with just one click, and what you need to know to get your work done. His expert advice will help you take great pictures, then organize, edit, and output them successfully. In Real World Nikon Capture NX you'll learn how to:

  • Compose stunning digital images from JPEG, TIFF, and raw format photos
  • Learn to correct color and tone using Capture NX’s state-of-the-art adjustment tools
  • Use nondestructive editing techniques
  • Create a comprehensive and efficient workflow for processing images
  • Configure Capture NX for color management
  • Use advanced editing features such as control points and selection brushes
  • Output your photos to a variety of media, including print and the Web

Synopsis:

Capture NX from Nikon is a powerful image-editing application that lets photographers make complex edits of their digital images with more speed and efficiency than other software programs. Its underlying technology gives photographers the ability to make selective corrections to an image with just one click. Real World Capture NX, written by digital photography expert Ben Long, takes photographers behind the scenes to see how this innovative program works. Along the way, Ben offers valuable tips and techniques for getting the most out of the software and digital cameras.

Novice and expert photographers alike will benefit from Capture NX. New users can make advanced image corrections without learning sophisticated masking techniques. Advanced users will find they need fewer steps to perform the complex edits they are accustomed to making in other programs. Any image corrections made with Capture NX are non-destructive, which means that the all edits are changeable and reversible until the photographer. Photographers who use Nikon cameras have access to special software features for working with raw, JPEG and TIFF images. While Capture NX was developed with Nikon cameras in mind, the software works with digital cameras from all manufacturers, thus broadening its appeal. Every digital photographer can use Capture NX--and will benefit from Real World Capture NX.

About the Author

Veteran writer, photographer, and videography Ben Long is the author Getting Started with Camera Raw and Real World Aperture (Peachpit) and Complete Digital Photography, Third Edition (Charles River Media). He has contributed articles to MacUser, Macworld, Macworld UK, and Computer Graphics World and writes a regular digital photography column for Creativepro.com. He hosts the web site www.completedigitalphotography.com where visitors can find how-to articles, reviews, and free software. 

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omegabook, April 14, 2007 (view all comments by omegabook)
After enduring several publishing delays, I eagerly dove into Ben Long's book on Nikon Capture NX when it was released. Signals of the disappointment coming appeared with the first words in the book, as Long states, "If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever end up writing a book on Nikon Capture, I would have probably laughed and said, `Uh, I doubt anyone will ever write a book on Nikon Capture.'" In fact Long was wrong because Jason Odell had his eBook on the market before Long's appeared.

Long goes on to say that among the fairly unquestionable photography rules is that "image editing programs made by camera vendors are always far inferior to standalone image editors." Although Long tries to mitigate this statement by explaining that Nikon enlisted the aid of nik Multimedia in improving the latest version of Capture, he doesn't change the reader's impression that he is not an admirer of NX--damnation by faint praise is his forte.

Regardless of his personal opinion, Long should realize that readers of this book believe that NX is of importance to them, or else they would not be willing to buy a supplement to the Nikon User's Manual in order to fully utilize the program's features. His attitude really surprised me as I have purchased several other books in the Real World series, and they have always been superlative.

Despite expressed contempt for NX, Long does handle some topics well, but his lack of enthusiasm is clearly evident in other parts of the book. The chapter coverage comprises:

Introduction
Basic Theory
Interface and Basic Workflow
Preparing to Edit
Basic Image Editing
Advanced Image Editing
Version Control and Batch Processing
Output

Long offers some meaty, well-done sections, which discuss selection brushes, control points, high pass filter, facial retouching, and contact sheet printing. Unfortunately, the remainder of the book slides downward from there. Long wastes 31 pages on basic theory of digital photography. While mine may be a minority opinion, I think that users of NX will know the basic workings of a digital camera, the difference between JPEG and RAW, and how to read a histogram. If they don't, their camera manual will provide that information. He also wastes a number of pages on workflow descriptions that are so elementary that they are useless, along with the tried and true admonitions to profile your monitor and use color management.

A comparison of Long's book with the Nikon User's Manual is enlightening:

Long
-Page count: 230
-Photos: Color
-Summary/appendix: None

Nikon
-Page count: 233
-Photos: B&W
-Summary/appendix: Short-cuts, RGB Profiles Supplied, Advisories & Additional Notices

Throughout his book, Long merely steps through each of the menus and dialogs in a manner much like the Nikon manual, except that Long repeats the material. I lost count of the number of times he tells the reader that NX can only process RAW images if they are from a Nikon camera. His coverage is incomplete. He assumes that the reader is knowledgeable of all the File menu items, because he talks about only a few, and the Help menu is skipped entirely. Among the topics not covered are:

Red-eye control point
Linking enhancements
Swapping enhancements
Definitions of blending modes
Shortcut keys (with a few minor exceptions)
Preferences (except for grid)

Long prefers to use detailed adjustments instead of the base adjustments, which may be more a matter of preference than a real advantage. He, however, fails to point out that detail adjustments cannot be modified using selective tools.

Every NX user can plow through the Nikon manual and learn the basic menu and dialog operations without Long's book, which does the same. What Long should have provided was how to put these operations together to accomplish photographic effects, which the Nikon manual reader may not be able to figure out alone. Some possibilities might include how to achieve the look of certain types of film (such as Kodachrome), or even how he made the hand colored/tinted photo he shows in the book (with no instructions on how to copy the effect).

Overall, Long's book offers little new to NX users that is not already covered (often more completely) in the manual.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780321489999
Author:
Long, Ben
Publisher:
Peachpit Press
Subject:
Techniques - Digital
Subject:
Photography
Subject:
Digital techniques
Subject:
Image processing
Subject:
Photography -- Digital techniques.
Subject:
Image processing -- Digital techniques.
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Real World
Publication Date:
20070315
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.12x7.44x.45 in. 1.05 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , With his friendly, accessible style, photographer and writer Ben Long takes you on a tour of the ins and outs of Nikon's powerful new photo editing program, which can be used with any digital camera! Real World Nikon Capture NX is packed with the kind of detail you can't get anywhere else. Long knows which features are important, like how to make selective corrections to an image with just one click, and what you need to know to get your work done. His expert advice will help you take great pictures, then organize, edit, and output them successfully. In Real World Nikon Capture NX you'll learn how to:

  • Compose stunning digital images from JPEG, TIFF, and raw format photos
  • Learn to correct color and tone using Capture NX’s state-of-the-art adjustment tools
  • Use nondestructive editing techniques
  • Create a comprehensive and efficient workflow for processing images
  • Configure Capture NX for color management
  • Use advanced editing features such as control points and selection brushes
  • Output your photos to a variety of media, including print and the Web

"Synopsis" by , Capture NX from Nikon is a powerful image-editing application that lets photographers make complex edits of their digital images with more speed and efficiency than other software programs. Its underlying technology gives photographers the ability to make selective corrections to an image with just one click. Real World Capture NX, written by digital photography expert Ben Long, takes photographers behind the scenes to see how this innovative program works. Along the way, Ben offers valuable tips and techniques for getting the most out of the software and digital cameras.

Novice and expert photographers alike will benefit from Capture NX. New users can make advanced image corrections without learning sophisticated masking techniques. Advanced users will find they need fewer steps to perform the complex edits they are accustomed to making in other programs. Any image corrections made with Capture NX are non-destructive, which means that the all edits are changeable and reversible until the photographer. Photographers who use Nikon cameras have access to special software features for working with raw, JPEG and TIFF images. While Capture NX was developed with Nikon cameras in mind, the software works with digital cameras from all manufacturers, thus broadening its appeal. Every digital photographer can use Capture NX--and will benefit from Real World Capture NX.

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