This week, we are happy to announce a travel photography workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Oct. 20-23, 2022. It’s limited to 6 participants, so be sure to check it out!
There’s been renewed interest in compressed RAW formats lately, specifically with both Canon & Nikon offering smaller, “lossy” RAW formats. We’ll discuss the pros & cons of the various RAW compression formats so you can decide on the best settings for your own photography.
Most of our listeners probably know about the advantages of RAW capture over JPEG, but many cameras also offer a variety of options for configuring RAW files. This week, we’ll discuss the differences between compressed and uncompressed RAW formats, bit depth, and also take a look at Nikon’s smaller RAW file options in cameras like the Nikon D850 and Z6/Z7 mirrorless cameras.
Join Rick & Jason Live Online Dec. 15th
We’ll be hosting an online “hangout” on Tuesday, Dec. 15th from 8-9:30pm US Eastern Time.
How do I set up my in-camera settings? I get asked this question a lot. Most modern DSLR cameras offer a tremendous number of options for image quality and other settings that go beyond film, when all that mattered was setting the appropriate exposure.
Camera settings come in several categories, but here are the major ones:
Exposure (shutter speed, aperture, ISO)
White balance (color temperature)
Processing settings (color, contrast, sharpness)
Noise reduction settings
Other corrections (lens distortion, vignette removal, etc.)
Each of these settings offers the photographer control over the final image, so it’s easy to see how they can quickly become overwhelming. But here’s the deal. Unless you shoot JPEG or use your manufacturer’s raw conversion software (eg, Nikon Capture NX or Canon DPP), most of these settings are utterly meaningless.
A long time ago (as in 2005, when I got my first DSLR), I routinely shot RAW+JPEG when I traveled. The big reason for this was because at the time, most laptop computers were just not capable of rendering RAW previews fast enough to make browsing lots of images feasible. Since then, computers got faster, and software got better, and a RAW-only workflow became a viable option for travel.
Nikon has just announced the immediate release of Capture NX2 version 2.3. This is a major update to the software, as not only does it include numerous bug fixes, but it also offers native 64-bit processor support. It also offers native Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) support. I had the opportunity to run a series of performance benchmarks, and I’ll also address the new features and caveats of upgrading. Continue reading Nikon Capture NX 2.3 Performance Review→