I use Lightroom 5. Recently bought a Nikon D3400 and have used it in RAW file mode. I usually transfer via the SD card through a card reader (I use a Mac).
Do I need to make any changes to Lightroom before I try this with the RAW files?
Do I need to make any changes to Lightroom before I try this with the RAW files, please?
Yes. According to Adobe's page Cameras supported by Camera Raw (also known as Adobe Camera Raw, or ACR), for the Nikon D3400,
- Camera: D3400
- Raw image filename extension: NEF
- Minimum Camera Raw plug-in version required: 9.7
- Minimum Lightroom CC version required: 1.0
- Minimum Lightroom Classic CC version required: 2015.7
- Minimum Lightroom Perpetual version required: 6.7
Thus, you need to upgrade from Lightroom 5 to Lightroom 6.7.
Alternatively, you can install Adobe's DNG Converter to convert your Nikon RAW Files (
.dng format. DNG is intended to be a "universal RAW format". It's not strictly a universal RAW format, and there is some information lost in the conversion from NEF (or Canon's CR2 RAW format, etc.) to DNG. For instance, there is some information in Nikon's NEF files that their Capture NX2 software can take advantage of, that Lightroom can't.
However, converting to DNG will allow you to continue to use Lightroom 5.