This was a 5-shot HDR merge that I processed in Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro. I used the “Natural Landscapes” preset that Tony Sweet and I developed for our eBook, The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro. I finished off the processing in Nikon’s Capture NX 2 (sharpening and a little CEP3 Tonal Contrast), but the majority of the processing was done in HDR Efex Pro.
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It’s been over two years now since Nikon released Capture NX2. In that time, the competition for our image processing dollars has been furious. Adobe has updated Photoshop Lightroom to version 3; Apple has done the same with Aperture. And yet, despite the temptation to switch, I still use Capture NX2 almost exclusively. Let me explain why.
The first thing that you have to understand is that Capture NX2 has only one mission: image editing (particularly NEFs). Capture NX2 is not a pixel editor, at least not in the sense that Photoshop is. Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom and Apple’s Aperture also behave differently. They are image management applications that also offer editing features. Comparing Capture NX2 to either of these products is apples to oranges, unless you only focus on image editing capabilities. And that’s where I feel Capture NX2 still holds its own in many regards. I will also address what I feel are the program’s weaknesses and areas for improvement.