As I mentioned in my previous post, the Nikon Capture NX-D is Nikon’s new freeware replacement for the venerable Nikon Capture NX2 program. Capture NX2 was a full-featured photo editing program created by NIK software in collaboration with Nikon. When Google purchased NIK, the collaboration stopped and Nikon had to scramble to produce a replacement product. The result was NX-D. Capture NX2 is no longer supported by Nikon.
CNX2 was the workhorse program for many Nikon IR photographers because the most Nikon cameras cannot set a custom white balance for infrared light. They just don’t have enough adjustment to white-balance these images. You can check out my white balance post for more information.
Now, let’s get to the real purpose of this post -- describing how to set a white balance and perform a channel swap using the new NX-D program.
Step 1. Open your RAW image in NX-D. As you examine the user interface, you will notice that most of the editing functions are arranged on the right side of the screen.
|Step 2. White Balance.|
|Step 3 White Balance|
Step 4. The cursor will become an eyedropper and you can click on a point that should be gray in the image. If you have included a gray card in the image, click on that. To sample a larger area, click and drag to choose a larger area to sample. Compared with CNX2 which could sample the entire image, the NX-D marquee is quite small. You can use the Fine Adjustment and Tint sliders to dial in the appropriate amount of white balancing.
|Step 4. White Balance|
|Step 5 Channel Swap|
|Step 6. Channel Swap|
Step 7. This is what the sky looks like when the arrow is moved upward.
I usually export the image as a 16-bit TIFF file at step 5
and do the rest of my post-processing in Photoshop. On rare occasions, I will perform a channel
swap in NX-D and then export to a TIFF.
I really don’t do any photo editing in NX-D.
|Step 7. Channel Swap Complete|
I hope you find this explanation helpful.