Originally Posted by randy1
Hello everybody , I'm looking for some info on editing software and was wondering if anybody has or is using Nikons CaptureNX and the results. I am looking at upgrading from the Capture 1 program which kinda sucks to either PS Elements or the NX since I'm shooting Nikon d80 and am poor now ( X-mas present to myself ) I don't feel I need to get the whole PS program . I'd rather get it rite in the camera . Thanks in advance for your valued input pro or con .
A few weeks ago, I was asked to give my opinion, as a long time Nikon user, on almost exactly the same situation for a young shooter with limited budget but with great dreams. They were going to receive the D50 and a couple of lenses as a giftand needed to know what extra software was really needed versus what would be desireable. They were planning to shoot RAW most, if not all, of the time and considered the D50 to be the first stepping stone of a progression of professional level equipment (the young shooter will be majoring in photojournalism at college next year, and plans on a photojournalism/editorial photography career at this point in their life).
This young'un has been using Photoshop v7.0 daily in the lab at school, and has dabbled with CS2 on a computer they have access to.
My suggestion was that they really try to budget for both CaptureNX AND Photoshop Elements because they are so very complimentary in nature and effect while not duplicating each other in too many ways.
CaptureNX has the advantage of having what is argueably the best Nikon RAW converter routines inside a very nice utility program. CaptureNX does batch mode RAW adjustments as well as JPEG conversions very quickly, and is great for global changes like color balance, levels, sharpness, etc.
PhotoshopLE does about 80% of what the full version of Photoshop does, and that which is missing is argueably the most esoteric functions of the program, functions that, IMHO, the average user won't miss. LE can crop, heal, filter, and output in the most useable formats - and that's what most non-pro's are going to need most of the time.
Don't get me wrong - when the young shooter can afford to get the full version of Photoshop (probably the academic version through their college bookstore in the fall semester) then go for it by all means - until then, they're using a program they alreayd basically know how to use, and it's a lot quicker on most machines than CS2 (though I havne't tried the CS3 beta, yet).
I know you'd probably like to hear a "get one or the other" but in this case, I don't think that's the best answer for someone that's serious about their photography and wants to get the most out of their images. And, by asking the question on a forum like G1, I gotta assume you're in that category as well.
That help, any?