Still-photo Editing

Computer image-editing applications can help with your images after they are taken. It is possible to adjust the exposure, composition, color, and a whole lot more. The one thing that software cannot do is make an out-of-focus subject in focus, but I’m sure that is just a matter of time. The reality is that every image taken by a digital camera needs some form of image editing. It might just be a little adjustment to the exposure or a slight crop to improve the composition. There are a great many books available on the individual image-editing software applications—this section is only a few pages, so it can’t cover them all. Consider it an overview as to what can be done.

Nikon software

Packed along with your camera, lens, battery, and strap are a couple of CDs: One contains the camera manual, and the other includes a copy of Nikon ViewNX 2. This software is made for both Windows and Mac computers. The CD also includes Nikon Movie Editor (covered later in this chapter) and Nikon Transfer 2.

Nikon ViewNX 2 is media-browsing software that allows some limited editing capabilities. The best thing about this software is that it is free and comes with the camera. It processes RAW (NEF) files from the D3200 and can create JPEG versions that can be printed, e-mailed, and generally used anywhere. The first step is to launch the Nikon ViewNX 2 application and select the folder where the images that you want to look at are located. The layout of ViewNX 2 is straightforward, ...

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