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NEF file - photo process
Do you photo shops process NEF files (RAW)? They take JPG files of course, but wondering if NEF are common enough...

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Some might do, but this essentially means that they apply settings according to their own liking. In other words, I wouldn't trust them to reproduce colors, brightness, etc..

There's absolutely no reason in the world why you would like to do that. The idea of RAW is to fine-tune the images yourself.

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I thought the other reason is to preserve the quality. Isn't that the idea of RAW?..

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NEF files can be processed by Adobe products (Elements, Lightroom, Photoshop CS2 or 3). However, although the raw editing engine that Adobe uses, ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) is very good, it will not read all of your in-camera settings. This means you may have to do more adjusting to get the best results..

Nikon has it's own raw (NEF) processing/editing software called Capture NX, which will read all of your in-camera settings and allows you to change many of the settings easily if needed. It also reads your camera's color, sharpen, contrast, brightness and other settings accurately so you get the best possible image quality with less work..

Shooting raw gives you more control over how your pictures turn out in the final result..

Think of it this way: shooting jpeg hands the control over how the final picture will look, to the camera, it lets the camera decide how much sharpening, contrast, brighness, saturation, etc to apply to the pictures, and wraps it up, seals it, and produces a shiny new jpeg right out of the camera. Most cameras, when set correctly by the photographer do this very well..

Shooting raw gives you, the photographer, more control over the settings mentioned above. With Capture NX, you can apply the in-camera settings (mentioned above) just like shooting jpeg, or you can change or adjust many of these settings, it's your choice..

Shooting raw also lets you process your pictures in 12 or 16 bit, rather than 8 bit used by jpegs. This means thousands of more colors can be used to fine tune your pictures before the final image is made. 8 bit uses 256 colors for each channel (Red, Green, Blue), while 12 bit NEF files use 4096 colors per channel, so think about the many more color combinations you have available to work with in 12 bit (4096 x 4096 x 4096), with 8 bit jpegs you get (256 x 256 x 256) when post processing your pictures. Editing raw files results in more vibrant, smooth and accurate colors - but again, in-camera jpegs can be very, very good as well, where there may not be much of a difference to the average user..

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Thanks for the very detailed info. this is very good info..

I actually hae the Capture NX software but havent yet installed it as it is only a 30 day trial version. So it also you to change settings such as ISO. For example, change ISO from 100 to 200 and the picture brightens it up as if the picture was originally taken at this ISO. Is this correct?.

I will need to start taking pictures in RAW..

Cosilver wrote:.

NEF files can be processed by Adobe products (Elements, Lightroom,Photoshop CS2 or 3). However, although the raw editing engine thatAdobe uses, ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) is very good, it will not read allof your in-camera settings. This means you may have to do moreadjusting to get the best results..

Nikon has it's own raw (NEF) processing/editing software calledCapture NX, which will read all of your in-camera settings and allowsyou to change many of the settings easily if needed. It also readsyour camera's color, sharpen, contrast, brightness and other settingsaccurately so you get the best possible image quality with less work..

Shooting raw gives you more control over how your pictures turn outin the final result..

Think of it this way: shooting jpeg hands the control over how thefinal picture will look, to the camera, it lets the camera decide howmuch sharpening, contrast, brighness, saturation, etc to apply to thepictures, and wraps it up, seals it, and produces a shiny new jpegright out of the camera. Most cameras, when set correctly by thephotographer do this very well..

Shooting raw gives you, the photographer, more control over thesettings mentioned above. With Capture NX, you can apply thein-camera settings (mentioned above) just like shooting jpeg, or youcan change or adjust many of these settings, it's your choice..

Shooting raw also lets you process your pictures in 12 or 16 bit,rather than 8 bit used by jpegs. This means thousands of more colorscan be used to fine tune your pictures before the final image ismade. 8 bit uses 256 colors for each channel (Red, Green, Blue),while 12 bit NEF files use 4096 colors per channel, so think aboutthe many more color combinations you have available to work with in12 bit (4096 x 4096 x 4096), with 8 bit jpegs you get (256 x 256 x256) when post processing your pictures. Editing raw files results inmore vibrant, smooth and accurate colors - but again, in-camera jpegscan be very, very good as well, where there may not be much of adifference to the average user..

Albert-OPlease visit me athttp://www.berto.zenfolio.com..

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Pigxel wrote:.

Thanks for the very detailed info. this is very good info.I actually hae the Capture NX software but havent yet installed it asit is only a 30 day trial version. So it also you to changesettings such as ISO. For example, change ISO from 100 to 200 and thepicture brightens it up as if the picture was originally taken atthis ISO. Is this correct?.

No, it will not let you change settings such as ISO, Shutter Speed, or Aperture. Those settings you cannot change in any software, as those are mechanical settings within the camera. However, raw processing lets you adjust brightness and other adjustment settings to a higher degree with better results than you can get with jpegs. Since you are working with the raw data that the camera gathered at the time the picture was taken, there is more data to work with and adjust in a raw file compared to a jpeg. With a jpeg, the camera keeps only what it needs to finalize the picture and discards the rest of the data, that's why you can't recover it later wth jpegs. The raw file will contain all the data the camera was able to capture with the settings you gave it (ISO, metering, aperture and shutter speed)..

Capture NX will let you change the in-camera contrast, sharpening, saturation, white balance, and other settings with better results, but it cannot change any in-camera mechanical settings taken at the time of the shot. The ISO setting determines how sensitive the sensor is to light (sensor is hardware), the shutter and aperture settings are mechanical components within the camera so these cannot be changed later, but raw files contain more data if you need to recover more light or detail from an image..

Always try to get the best possible picture at the time of the shot, with the best settings for the environment you're shooting, even if you are shooting raw..

I hope that makes sense..

I will need to start taking pictures in RAW..

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Comment #5

Nikon View NX also allows you to make some minor tweaks on the RAW image..... it's pretty cr@p though. It also allows you to export a 16bit TIFF with the camera settings applied to the image, which can then be tweaked further in something like Photoshop...

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Albert-o hits on a good point- your final image out of RAW will be only as good as your post processing software and your skill. I have found that the jpeg format has continued to improve with each camera upgrade to the point that I often get extremely good jpegs and bypass RAW altogether. It works for me (although it's not my bread and butter).*********.

So, this is what Christmas has become? That we have to ask for stamps by demonination?..

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