Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

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Postby nikonfreak » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:44 am

Nice pictures dubaiphil. I know the problem of new photographers and new to RAW.

It's hard to know what to do and when to do it in post processing. Made some mistakes myself in the beginning when the green grass all looked fake and stuff. I am still not very good at it but at least I can manage to keep it natural looking (as far as I can judge from my crappy laptop screen).

I prefer working with CaptureNX2 myself. CaptureNX2 has color control points and is very very easy to correct local problem in contrast saturation or even boost/change colors (i.e. the sky).

My usual workflow in Capture NX2 is:
- Correct Exposure (hardly ever have to to that)
- Set black & white control point (and adjust opacity/contrast for those control points). Always! have to do that.
- Set contrast/saturation for entire image (usually don't have to do it for whole image so I usually skip it).
- rescue highlights or shadows.
- Set color control points to adjust brightness/contrast/saturation for local problem in the image. I.e. sky overexposed(commonly known as outbite).
- Adjust sharpness (Usually highpass filter seems to work better then unsharp mask).
- add photo effects (i.e. black & White, sepia)
-Change color profile (i.e. SRGB).
- Save the RAW file (you can always delete whatever change you did with the image and go back to the original).

If you are changing the photo effects i.e. black & white you might have to adjust some more. I am reading a book on digital B&W photography now and how to adjust and when and why. Good book, a bit technical but an eyeopener to someone that used to hit the "convert to B&W" button (I am that person). Was not really happy with the result but didn't know how to improve it.

Some steps are not even necessary always.
But this is my workflow how I usually do it. I am by no means an expert. But I rather adjust local contast/brightness/saturation issues instead of doing it for the whole image. because for the whole image usually does not work in my limited experience.

Maybe look in youtube for some examples how other people do it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyBiJ1y7 ... re=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrIG5c2s ... re=related

I use ViewNX to browse my RAW files by the way and select "open in CaptureNX" in the ViewNX menu whenever I want to edit a file.
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Postby renjith » Sun Aug 21, 2011 1:37 pm

Hai, this time with out PP, only cropping and resizing

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Nikon D90
105, 5.6, 500 iso, 1/125( wide open at extreme end, as bad as it can)
CAMERAS:- Nikon D800 & Sony H50
LENSES:- Nikon AFS 50mm F1.8 G, Nikon AFS 24-70 F2.8 G, Sigma APO 70-200 F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Wish list:- Nikon SB 700, Elinchrom FX 400
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Postby Horvi » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:25 pm

Hi, I have one too. I think is quite good lens with very useful zoom range, VR and good IQ, but I have gotten a few nasty results:
The bokeh is a bit nervous sometimes, this is the worst picture what i found:
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@105mm, f7.1, 1/400 sec., D7000 full resolution image

This picture is very interesting. I have no idea what it exactly is. :shock: It looks like reflection or ghosting. It was taken without any filter and with lens hood.
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@105mm, f5.6, 1/160 sec., D7000 full resolution image

And finally here is some usual picture :wink: :
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@105mm, f5.6, 1/20 sec., D7000 full resolution image
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