by Rob Williams on October 2, 2006 in Digital Cameras
If you are looking to get into the D-SLR world but find it too expensive, then you may not know the value that awaits you. We are taking a look at the Nikon D50 6.1 megapixel camera, and given the pricerange, it packs a serious punch.
Post Processing is the process of editing your photos after the picture has been taken. For instance… turning the brightness up on a photo would be post processing. While this does not usually belong in a camera review… it does in mine ;-)
Whether or not you are a professional or novice, it’s easy to know that pictures don’t always come out the way you expect. Due to this fact, editing is a normal part of photography. To do some light touch-ups and effects, I used both Capture NX and Photoshop CS2.
First I took the picture of the blue and pink sky, alongside the power lines. This picture didn’t really stand out to me, although I still enjoyed it for some reason. Just could not place my finger on it… So, I cranked up some highlights and contrast to come up with something quite a bit better. The entire picture stands out more.
The same “blah” factor came from this night-time photo. However, I quickly realized that it was noise that was detracting from the picture as a whole. If you take a look at the full view of the unedited photo, the noise clear… it’s all over the place.
So, I ran it through a noise reducer in Photoshop and it spit out a nice result. Not perfect, but leaps and bounds beyond the unedited version.
The last PP example we have was accomplished with Capture NX. This program… is somewhat limited in one it can do. However, what it does, it does it incredibly well. One example they show in their Flash example is changing the sky color. So that’s exactly what I did with the horse photo.
Useless? Hardly. You could create some great looking pictures, despite my poor example. It’s great for changing contrast, hue, saturation, et cetera in specific areas of the photo. In this example, you can see that I changed the sky color, but that also reflected onto the horse. However, since it was in that specific area, it didn’t affect the ground at all. This program certainly has it’s uses, but it retails for around $100. It would have been great to see included with the camera.
I think we have just about covered everything. Conclusion time it is.