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 I sent an email the other day covering this topic, but did not properly explain my situation.1. I use Nikon's free VIEWNX 2 viewer to perform basic editing functions on NEF files.  Works well and am pleased with it.2. However, I want to be able to perform advanced editing functions that VIEWNX 2 does not support, but GIMP and Lightroom 6 apparently do support;   They are:     a. Perform batch processing:  Edit one of several pictures then combine the edits to the other pictures.     b. Do Layering / Masking:  Want to do this to perform the following:          b1. Create a long exposure during the daytime without using ND filters.          b2. Create HDR pictures by combining bracketed pictures.So far the replies indicate GIMP cannot handle Nikon's NEF raw files.  Is anyone aware of a work around for this in GIMP, or do I have to pay about $142.00 for Lightroom 6 which apparently can handle the NEF file format?
I do appreciate the previous replies and will appreciate any reply to this email.Thanks:Chuck [hidden email]


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Re: Gimp does not recognize - will not open NEF Raw files from a Nikon D5500 Camera

Michael Schumacher


On 06/12/2017 10:01 PM, Chuck Devlin via gimp-user-list wrote:

> Is anyone aware of a work around for this in GIMP, or do I have to
> pay about $142.00 for Lightroom 6 which apparently can handle the NEF
> file format?

Several Raw processing applications have been suggested in the replies
to your previous message. Is there a reason why you can't use any of them?


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Re: Gimp does not recognize - will not open NEF Raw files from a Nikon D5500 Camera

Guy Stalnaker
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Chuck,

I do not think that Lightroom has layers (as I recall from using it, though
I'm not at home where I can open it and see) so this may be an issue for
you. I checked as well using
https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/user-guide.html and looked for layers
without success; if you type "layer" in the search box, you'll get results
from all of Adobe's products, and they are all Photoshop.

GIMP will allow you to do HDR (some basic options on the Color menu) and
blended images among may other things. Don't get hung up on the fact that
GIMP won't natively open raw camera images, neither does Photoshop (it uses
CameraRaw, a stand-alone application that is well integrated so it appears
like it's Photoshop when it's not).

The workflow for using a raw processor like RawTherapee is fairly standard
-- open raw file in raw processor, make adjustments to white point, etc
(the kinds of adjustments on GIMP's Color menu), save as image file (like
TIF), open image file in GIMP (RawTherapee has an setting for specifying an
application one can use for this purpose, so setting it to your GIMP
install means you don't even have to first run GIMP then go find the file),
do whatever you want with it.

I think you'd like the combination of RawTherapee and GIMP, they are both
incredible applications not the least of which is that they are free.

Regards,

Guy



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On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 3:01 PM, Chuck Devlin via gimp-user-list <
[hidden email]> wrote:

>  I sent an email the other day covering this topic, but did not properly
> explain my situation.1. I use Nikon's free VIEWNX 2 viewer to perform basic
> editing functions on NEF files.  Works well and am pleased with it.2.
> However, I want to be able to perform advanced editing functions that
> VIEWNX 2 does not support, but GIMP and Lightroom 6 apparently do
> support;   They are:     a. Perform batch processing:  Edit one of several
> pictures then combine the edits to the other pictures.     b. Do Layering /
> Masking:  Want to do this to perform the following:          b1. Create a
> long exposure during the daytime without using ND filters.          b2.
> Create HDR pictures by combining bracketed pictures.So far the replies
> indicate GIMP cannot handle Nikon's NEF raw files.  Is anyone aware of a
> work around for this in GIMP, or do I have to pay about $142.00 for
> Lightroom 6 which apparently can handle the NEF file format?
> I do appreciate the previous replies and will appreciate any reply to this
> email.Thanks:Chuck [hidden email]
>
>
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Pat David
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I answered on the previous thread, but I'll address your specific concerns
here.

2a: batch processing - the other mentioned raw processors support this
(RawTherapee for instance) no problem.

2b: I don't think LR does layering/masking - maybe local edits at best for
some small things.  GIMP does support layering, of course.

2b1: long exposure during the daytime w/o using ND filters can be done by
mean averaging the frames (
https://patdavid.net/2013/09/faking-nd-filter-for-long-exposure.html).

2b2: If you want to create an actual HDR image, you'll need something like
LuminanceHDR or HDRMerge to create them (and then something to tonemap them
into a range you can see - likely LuminanceHDR for that).

You can spend $142 for LR if you want, up to you.  I'd personally recommend
you take a little bit of time playing with the other projects first.
Chances are quite good they'll do exactly what you want.  If you want to
ask questions, we have a community of Free Software photographers over at
https://pixls.us to address specific concerns and questions, and to
generally help out.

pat

On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 3:02 PM Chuck Devlin via gimp-user-list <
[hidden email]> wrote:

>  I sent an email the other day covering this topic, but did not properly
> explain my situation.1. I use Nikon's free VIEWNX 2 viewer to perform basic
> editing functions on NEF files.  Works well and am pleased with it.2.
> However, I want to be able to perform advanced editing functions that
> VIEWNX 2 does not support, but GIMP and Lightroom 6 apparently do
> support;   They are:     a. Perform batch processing:  Edit one of several
> pictures then combine the edits to the other pictures.     b. Do Layering /
> Masking:  Want to do this to perform the following:          b1. Create a
> long exposure during the daytime without using ND filters.          b2.
> Create HDR pictures by combining bracketed pictures.So far the replies
> indicate GIMP cannot handle Nikon's NEF raw files.  Is anyone aware of a
> work around for this in GIMP, or do I have to pay about $142.00 for
> Lightroom 6 which apparently can handle the NEF file format?
> I do appreciate the previous replies and will appreciate any reply to this
> email.Thanks:Chuck [hidden email]
>
>
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> List membership: https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/gimp-user-list
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