- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (March 25, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321489993
- ISBN-13: 978-0321489999
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,408,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Real World Nikon Capture NX 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
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
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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Bottom line, Elements does more and gives you headaches less. There are a number of excellent books available on using the older Elements packages: both for 5.0 and 8.0. Buy 2 or 3 of them for each program: every writer's approach is somewhat specialized and no two books seem to cover all the same details. If you buy 3 books (as I always do with the older software), you will probably cover all the bases that are relevant. By the time you read three books, you will be sufficiently knowledgeable in the use of 5.0 and/or 8.0 to improve your photos substantially. The difference in your work will be very noticeable.
The author has a real knack for logically laying out what you need to learn and building up your skill set. And he seems to know when you'll need a little extra help. Every time I start wondering ....well now how...?...he has a Tip, or an explanatory paragraph, or simply says "we'll do more on that later".
His writing style is simple, friendly, easy to understand, non technical. When he does have to explain something that is somewhat technical he uses terms we civilians can understand, not technical photogeek jargon.
There are a lot of useful pictures and illustrations which really helps.
Like most software manuals, what Nikon provides with Capture NX2 is, at best, unfathomable. Sure, the manual contains a lot of information, but it's just that...information. On the other hand, the book explains exactly how to get things done.
One example is regarding Metadata. The manual (at least to me) made no sense whatsoever. It only took me about ten minutes to find and read what I needed in the book and the proverbial lightbulb went on over my head.
No need to read it cover to cover, but I would suggest reading about one task at a time. Not only the tasks that you find confusing but the ones you think you have down. You might just find a faster and easier way to get things done.
I don't know about you, but I'd much rather be out shooting than sitting at a computer. This book has saved me an awful lot of computer time and just might be the best $27 Nikon NEF shooters using Capture NX2 can spend.