nikon d70, raw files, and photoshop elements

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by larrylook, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. larrylook

    larrylook Guest

    I was suprised to see that Photoshop Elements 2.0 opens and edits NEF files
    taken with my Nikon D70. I thought one need Photoshop CS with a plug in to
    do this? Is anyone aware of a downside to using Photoshop Elements to work
    on NEF files taken on my D70? Am I missing something?
    larrylook, Jul 9, 2004
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  2. No real down side compared to working with any other file in PE as far
    as I can see.

    Roger Halstead (K8RI & ARRL life member)
    (N833R, S# CD-2 Worlds oldest Debonair)
    Roger Halstead, Jul 9, 2004
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  3. larrylook

    MikeS Guest

    The down side is you can only do a limited amount of manipulation before
    loading into Elements. When loaded the file type is Nef untagged RGB. When
    you save you have to nominate what format you save in I.E. jpeg or tiff etc.

    Also there is the cost to take into account, it costs about £70 to buy Nikon
    raw program and £500 for Photoshop CS. Elements is either free with some
    hardware of about £45 to £70 depending on outlet or if it is a loss leader.

    Before spending money on refinements such as Nikon software which should be
    free or CS. Get a flash gun, tripod, macro lens and something to save images
    on, a small portable storage system, which will be cheaper than getting
    loads of memory cards.
    That little lot will cost £200 to £300 for portable storage, flash gun say
    £300, tripod from £40 to £200. Macro lens say £350. Say between £900 and
    £1050. So reckon to be a fully functional say a D70 user, or just own and
    pose, you have to be prepared to spend in excess of £2000 which of course
    will be lot more if you get unnecessary programs

    In conclusion put your money to good use and not on programs which are
    already catered for reactively cheaply.

    MikeS, Jul 9, 2004
  4. larrylook

    larrylook Guest

    Thanks. How about taking my good pics in NEF. Make copies of the files - 2
    files, one to manipulated and a saved original. Use PE to manipulate and
    print the copies. In the future when I can afford Nikon Capture or PS CS
    I'll have the original in NEF format for even better photos. How does this
    sound to you? As opposed to taking pics in JPEG and then I'll never have
    the NEF of the shot available.
    larrylook, Jul 9, 2004
  5. PE does that. You'd have to delete the NEF if you didn't want to keep
    it. As PE is going to save the file as a different type it won't
    affect the original. Of course you will find that the TIFF is going
    to be considerably larger than the NEF.

    Roger Halstead (K8RI & ARRL life member)
    (N833R, S# CD-2 Worlds oldest Debonair)
    Roger Halstead, Jul 9, 2004
  6. larrylook

    larrylook Guest

    So I gather you'd recommend I take potentially great shots in RAW rather
    than highest JPEG, even if I don't own PS CS or Nikon Capture. I can use PE
    (which I own) for now to fix them up and print them. I'll then save the
    fixed up photo in TIFF format. Some day I'll buy CS or NC and will use
    these for manipulation (on the RAW files). Does that sound like a good

    Also I don't use picture perfect to get the files onto my computer. I just
    find the camera drive and cut and paste them into a new folder. Any
    downside of this?

    Thanks for your help!
    larrylook, Jul 9, 2004
  7. larrylook

    MikeS Guest

    That's a good idea then you have the equivalent of master negatives that
    has all the original information for you to manipulate when you can afford
    to get the expensive programs mentioned. In the mean time you are
    maximiseing your spending power on priorities, and at the same time you can
    still process files in Elements.
    MikeS, Jul 10, 2004
  8. larrylook

    MikeS Guest

    Thats what I do, here in the Uk, we have Nikon View whereas you have Nikon
    Picture Perfect. I do as you do but I dont take the pics from the camera as
    that runs the camera battery down. I plug the memeory chip into a card
    reading slot on my computer, which is seen as a drive. I copy the pictures
    into a new file also save onto CD or DVD straight away.
    MikeS, Jul 10, 2004
  9. larrylook

    Don F Guest

    NikonView provides plug-ins for reading NEF files in PS and PS Elements.
    I live in the US and Picture Perfect was provided in my kit but Nikon View
    is available as a free download.
    Without Nikon View, NEF files could not be loaded into PS or PS Elements.
    Does Picture Perfect provide the necessary NEF plug-ins?
    [OT] Is there any preference to using Nikon View to Picture Perfect?
    Don F
    Don F, Jul 10, 2004
  10. larrylook

    larrylook Guest

    To my surprise nef files loaded into ps elements with no trouble. I don't
    think I did anything at all with plug-ins. I did install picture project
    onto my computer, but didn't see anything while intalling it regarding
    plug-ins. I was surprised when nef files loaded into elements with no
    problem. Anyone else experience this here? As stated about, I am planning
    to shoot in nef, edit in elements, save as tiff files. Some day I'll buy PS
    CS or Nikon Capture to use the nef files.

    BTW the drain on the battery issue isn't a problem for me. I bought the
    Digital Concepts battery for $25, and rotate the batteries. See:
    larrylook, Jul 10, 2004
  11. larrylook

    Don F Guest

    The plug-in loading is transparent. If you had tried loading a NEF file
    (in Elements) before installation of Picture Perfect, you would have gotten
    an unsupported file error message.
    Also, I removed PS from my computer and re-installed it while Nikon View
    remained installed. PS gave me the "unsupported file" error message as in
    my initial load try. I had to manually copy the plug-ins to my PS plug-in
    directory. I guess both Nikon View and Picture Perfect look to see if you
    have software which requires the plug-ins and magically places them where
    they belong.
    You did answer my question. I guess Picture Perfect provides the NEF
    plug-in as well as Nikon View.
    Don F
    Don F, Jul 10, 2004
  12. larrylook

    larrylook Guest

    Yes, I think your absolutely right. The plug-ins must have intalled without
    my knowledge and without any action. As you know I have PP not NV.
    larrylook, Jul 10, 2004
  13. larrylook

    larrylook Guest

    I don't have NV, but it seem PP is pretty awful. I like to crop all
    pictures to standard sizes. Fool around with contast, brightness etc. I
    often print with a drop shadow for my photo album. Actually Adobe
    Photodeluxe is the first program for photo editing I tried, and I use it the
    most, since I can navigate it quickly. I plan to shoot in raw, open in
    Elements, save to tiff, open in photodeluxe, modify, create drop shadow,
    print,then put in photo album. A bit complex, but then I have the raw file
    if needed.
    larrylook, Jul 10, 2004
  14. The camera comes with both here in the states.

    Roger Halstead (K8RI & ARRL life member)
    (N833R, S# CD-2 Worlds oldest Debonair)
    Roger Halstead, Jul 12, 2004
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