I just bought the new Nikon D750 and found that neither version of Photoshop nor Lightroom that I own can open the RAW files. These programs meet all of my other needs so I don’t really want to spend money to upgrade to the new versions. Nikon View NX does support the D750’s RAW format, but it’s quite basic so I would prefer to use Adobe software. How can I do that?
You’re right, Larry, old versions of the Adobe software do not support newer cameras’ RAW formats. However, Adobe still publishes updates to Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) for the discontinued Photoshop CS6. Update 8.1 included the D750 and other new cameras of various brands and additional tools not available in older versions of ACR. However, it’s better to install the latest update, Camera Raw 9.1.
If you own an older version of Photoshop or a discontinued version of Lightroom, you will not be able to use it on your new camera’s RAW files. However, Adobe does provide a solution, and it’s useful with any camera whose RAW format is not supported by an old version of either software. Download and install Adobe DNG Converter 9.1 for Mac or Adobe DNG Converter 9.1 for Windows; it’s free of charge. Use it to convert your D750’s RAW files to the DNG (RAW) format. You’ll then be able to open those files with ACR in older Adobe software (or in other software that supports the universal DNG format).
There’s another alternative for owners of Nikon DSLRs. Download the free Nikon Capture NX-D RAW Processing Software from the Nikon Canada website. It’s far more versatile than View NX and is an excellent solution for those who do not own either Photoshop or Lightroom. It’s also useful for owners of old versions of Photoshop who prefer to avoid the additional work of converting their RAW files to DNG. I find that Nikon Capture NX-D provides superior results with some Nikon DSLRs’ RAW formats, making this the preferred option with those cameras.