Gentoo, thank you very much for your Capture NX2 class, it is much appreciated. I do like the U-Point features, and I do want to play around with them more so.
After some more experimenting with Capture NX2, I did notice something that drove me nuts, and that’s when I had an enlightening moment. A couple of years ago, I was using Adobe Lightroom 1, and I was adjusting a photo I took of my girlfriend who has jet black hair. In Lightroom, I was unable to render the detail in her hair as it looked like a big black blob on her head. No matter what I did, I could not get any natural looking detail. Now here comes the enlightening moment, In NX2, I took a photo of her, and added a small amount of contrast to it, and ah ha, we now have the same black blob on her head. Gone are the details of strands of hair. In Capture One, I can move the contrast slider all the way, granted, the photo looks horrible, but it still holds most of the detail in her hair. The more I play, the more I find NX2’s contrast adjustment to be more destructive to Shadow detail, but it really is very destructive to my girlfriend’s hair. Looking back, I have a hunch Lightroom did the same thing with the contrast adjustment, and it never dawned on me. You know the feeling after frustration sets in, the answer can be right under your nose, and you never notice it.