We are always Learning

I am a ‘Nikon’ photographer. Meaning all my kit is from Nikon, well apart from one handgrip and a Metz flash gun, even my image software is Nikon. Yes I use Nikon NX-D and Nikon View NX-i.
The NX-i is for down-loading the images and for entering the metadata, but you can process the images in NX-i  and the NX-D is for post production. OK I know there is Adobe and many other pieces of software out there, I have tried Capture One, and ON1 and a couple of others including paying, yes PAYING for Affinity Photo; which I must admit I haven’t really given a good try, plus I purchased Lightroom and PS Elements 14. I also have an old version of Photoshop CS5.
But Nikon is my preferred post processing software, mainly because I think that only Nikon knows how the images were formed in the camera. Loyal or stupid? sometimes I wonder, especially as the Nikon software is so_o_o  slow, I go off and do something else while it is rendering, like practice a riff on the guitar. It is infuriating, but I have got use to how it works. Lightroom is used mainly for converting images from JPEG to a web-sized image with a copy-write logo on and Elements is used if I want to enhance or manipulate the image beyond what I can achieve in Nikon NX-D, which is rare.

The newer NX-D version of the Nikon software uses a side-bar file to hold all the image information (.nksc file in the NKSC_PARAM folder), the same way that Lightroom and Photoshop does in their .xmp file, the earlier NX2 saved that information within the NEF file. But if you move a NEF file from the original download folder to another by clicking and dragging in NX-i or NX-D, the corresponding .nksc file is moved to. This is the file that is attached to your image the moment you start post production and contains the metadata and any changes you make to the picture in post production. Similar to the .xmp file Adobe attaches in Lightroom or Photoshop. The problem I found was that if I moved image files in Adobe Bridge, which was the most convenient way, the metadata etc wasn’t transferred neither was it in Lightroom but then, I noticed if I scrolled down the pop up box in Lightroom it had a section that asked if you wanted All the Metadata to be moved, so Adobe do not ASSUME you want this info moved.


When I was a salesman we had a mantra; if that is the correct word, that ASSUME is three words, meaning it made an ASS out of U and ME. Which in this case it did, yet moving image files within the Nikon software Nikon know you want the metadata moved as well.

But all is not lost, go to finder (Mac) or Explorer (Windows), click on the folder where your NEF files are and click on the NKSC_PARAM, you will be presented with the individual .nksc files. Highlight the file name for the image number you want , ctrl+c  (Copy) then go back to the folder where your image has been moved to, click on the NKSC_PARAM folder and ctrl+v (Paste) the information contained in that file will be added to your image.

This procedure has just saved me many hours of looking up places we visited in Ireland this month, where I had entered the metadata while the image file was in one folder then moving it; via Adobe Bridge to another.
But now that I have found the Lightroom drop-down box I won’t have to worry when exporting NEF to JPEG for the web.

Sorry no images in this blog, but I will have a page with some on soon.


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