Nikon Capture NX 2 software offers a lot of precision tools for making selective adjustments to your photos that can enhance a specific part of an image. In this Capture NX 2 tutorial we will show you how to use your software’s Control Points for greater precision in your photo editing.
Capture NX 2 Control Points, for instance, enable you to click on a specific colour or tone to sample it. You can then use a Control Point’s sliders to adjust a wide range of attributes for the sampled colour, such as hue, saturation and brightness.
Control Points come in a variety of flavours. You can darken the shot’s blackest shadows in a click by sampling an area with the Black Control Point. Flash-induced red-eye can be removed in a couple of clicks using the Red-Eye Control Point.
Meanwhile, the powerful Selection Control Point enables you to make a wide range of adjustments – including sharpening and noise reduction – in a specific area.
In our step-by-step Capture NX 2 tutorial below you can explore these amazing tools and discover their image-editing powers.
In our start image, the sky and the white buildings’ highlights are overexposed, and they’re also lacking detail. Meanwhile, the red roof and the green trees’ colours look a little desaturated. The darkest shadows are washed out and the shot suffers from a slightly cold blue cast.
You could try using the basic tone and colour-tweaking sliders in Capture NX 2’s Quick Fix palette to create more vibrant hues, provide a wider contrast and claw back colour and detail in overexposed areas. However, for much greater precision, use Control Points.
Catpure NX 2 Tutorial: how to make selective edits to photos
Step 1: Remove colour casts
Open the ControlPoints_before.nef file on your disc. The shot’s colours are a little cold, so grab the Neutral Control Point from the toolbar and click on the slightly blue bridge. This instantly warms up the sampled area.
Step 2: Improve contrast
The image’s darkest shadows could be blacker, especially under the bridge arches. Grab the Black Control Point and click on the darkest part of the bridge. The tool darkens the sampled area and any similar tones in the shot.
Step 3: Restore highlight detail
Grab the Color Control Point and click on the sky to sample it. Drag the top slider so its range circle includes some sky and the white buildings. Drag the Brightness slider (B) to -42 and the Saturation (S) slider to +100 for a bluer sky.
Step 4: Selective colour adjustments
Click a new Color Control Point on roof. A Color Control Point tab will the Adjust panel. Drag the Saturation (S) +55. Use another Control Point to create vibrant green leaves with a Saturation of the red appear in slider to more +38.
Step 5: Show selection
To see which pixels will be edited by a Control Point, go to its field in the Adjust panel and click Show Selection. The whitest pixels will be changed the most and the greys a little, while the black ones remain untouched.
Step 6: Selection Control Point
Click the New Step icon in the Adjust panel. From the Select Adjustment dropdown, hit Light > Contrast/Brightness. With the Selection Control Point, click the slightly blue house. In the panel, set Contrast to +31 and Brightness to +4.