In this Nikon ViewNX 2 tutorial we’ll show you how to use ViewNX 2 to non-destructively improve the colour, tone, and exposure of a raw format file. We’ll also show you a cheat sheet guide to the Nikon ViewNX 2 interface, highlighting its key areas.
By shooting in the uncompressed raw format you’re doing yourself a big favour, because each raw file is crammed full of extra information about a scene’s colours and tones when compared with a compressed and pre-processed JPEG.
Some of the scene’s colour and tonal information is missing in a JPEG, so you run the risk of adding ugly compression artefacts when editing the file.
The raw format enables you to produce better-looking shots thanks to ViewNX 2’s image-editing tools. Indeed, if you’re editing in the JPEG format then you’ll lack access to the extra image-processing tools and sliders that are only available to raw users, such as White Balance, Exposure Compensation and Picture Control.
The ViewNX 2 program that you get free with your Nikon DSLR is quite a basic package, so it makes sense to use all of its colour and tone-tweaking controls by shooting in raw format.
In this tutorial we’ll show you how to how to reveal detail in high-contrast RAW shots by selectively targeting and adjusting shadows and highlights. We’ll also show you how to claw back missing highlight detail in overexposed photos.
The Nikon ViewNX 2 interface: key points to know
To view the larger version of this cheat sheet, click on the infographic or drag and drop it to your desktop.
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