One of the things I’m loving about the Nikon D800 is the ability to frame the photo relatively loosely and then crop to what I need. I went out last evening to photograph the Tacoma Narrows Bridge at dusk. I shot the image at a wide-angle and then cropped it in Photoshop to a 12″ x 36″ panorama at 240ppi.
After this, I brought it into Nik Color Efex Pro 4 to add a graduated filter effect to the sky and then a filter called Monday Morning to give it a bit of an old-school effect.
A reader of the Nikon Capture NX 2 book just sent me a question over email:
Mike – just finished your book After the Shoot. I found it the best explanation to date of the functions and use of NX 2.
You mention that you crop at the end of you workflow. However, if you add control points prior to cropping, the location of the control points will be in the wrong place after the crop. Therefore the cropping needs to be done at the beginning of the workflow for control points to be used correctly. Is this correct from your experience?
Here was my answer:
Robert – You can crop at the beginning or the end and still have the color control points be in the correct position. If you crop at the end, the effect of the control point doesn’t change, but its virtual position changes. For example, if you put the control point on the sky and change the saturation, then the sky will still be saturated. However, it will appear that the control point’s physical location has changed. Rest assured however, that the same pixels are still being affected just as they were before the crop.