Is there any software out there (besides Nikon's own Capture NX) that will let me open a RAW file shot with a D80? My current software, an old version of MGI Photosuite, will not let me do this. I'm not a pro so I'm lookimng to spend around $100.
Yup, there sure is! For $100 you simply cannot go wrong with Adobe Photoshop Elements.https://store1.adobe.com/cfusion/store/index.cfm?store=OLS-US&view=ols_prod&category=/Applications/PhotoshopElementsWin&distributionMethod=FULL&nr=0#
Message Edited by clmonk on 12-18-2008 09:00 AM
Agreed about Elements. And, if you are a Costco member, check to see if it is still on sale. They had it awhile ago for $50.
Message Edited by yendikeno on 12-18-2008 10:44 AM
Traper99Photoshop Elements (PSE) 7.0 opens NEFs (raw files) created by Nikon cameras. It works well and costs less than $100 wherever you choose to buy it. (You can download it from Adobe's website, but you'll pay full retail price of $99.) Corel's Paintshop Pro Photo X2 also opens NEFs and it is less expensive than PSE (currently, it's only $50). It's user interface is quite different from PSE's, but if you haven't used either application, you won't be biased toward one or the other and both are easy to learn as you go along. You can also download trial versions of both applications and give 'em a try before you buy.WRon
Thanks to you all. I ordered PSE 7 just a few minutes ago. It really doesn't do any good to have such a great camera (D80) and lens collection (18-105 VR, 50 1.8, 60 2.8 macro, all Nikon lenses) if you can't do any post processing on the files.
I use Paintshop Pro photoeditor X2 Ultimate.
Gotta make sure it's the ultimate version.
I know that's right!
Nikon users go to NIkon.com and download ViewNX and then NEF RAW Codec. It is FREE and gives you plus/minus two stops exposure control and RAW image processing.
For general purpose editing and organization, download Fast Stone Image Viewer (www.faststone.org). It is FREE, easy to use, and has as much or more capability than many of us will need or use. Its Tutorial is also available for download from the same location.
Why you don
When editing RAW files, the only software that will read the in camera settings is software from the camera manufacturer - all other RAW editing software will use the white balance from the RAW file, but default values for all other in camera settings. This means the image when first opened in the RAW processor will probably not match the JPG from the camera. I don't know about Photoshop Elements 7 RAW processor, but Photoshop CS4 RAW processor has Camera profiles that give results very close to JPG's from the camera as a starting point.