WIthin a few days of killing Snapseed, Google has announced a major price reduction in the price for the Nik plugins. The six plugins (HDR Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4, Silver Efex Pro 2, Viveza 2, Sharpener Pro 3, and Dfine 2) are now in a single bundle costing $149  (versus the previous $499).  The individual […]

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I was pretty frustrated after a recent Photoshop update.  All of my Nik software plugins wanted to be reactivated.  Easy enough, I pulled out serial numbers and started entering them.  But no dice…  errors on activation. The telling sign is Errorcode -151. Well, I swallowed my pride and jumped over the their support page.  It […]

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In this tutorial I show you how to get cleaner HDR photographs. In this example I am merging three exposures shot from a bouncing and moving platform (aka a boat). The correction tools in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 did an excellent job of removing unwanted distortion and poor overlap. ______ This Post Sponsored by: […]

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I’ve use many of Nik Software’s products over the years. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with some of their competitor’s less expensive, but equally useful plug-ins. But HDR EFEX PRO 2 has brought me back to Nik. When HDR Efex Pro 1 came out I was impressed, but not enough to use it as my only […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. I preview the upcoming Nik Software’s Nik Color Efex Pro 4.0. Click here to watch the video of Nik Color Efex Pro 4.0. (NOTE: This is my first time using ScreenFlow and […]

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I’ve been a fan of Nik Software for a decade. They make amazing software. I use all of their products, but I use Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro every day. I was very excited when I found out they were going to make an HDR plug-in. So far, the best HDR/Tone Map solution […]

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I went to the 2008 Seattle Auto Show this week and grabbed some images with my Panasonic LX3. I am still shooting JPGs since there is no RAW Aperture converter. That said, the LX3 is so good even in JPG mode that I don’t mind.

I wanted to see if I could download, select, adjust, convert to B&W and upload to a web gallery in 25 minutes. I used these photos as a test case. Let’s see what happened.

I shot about 45 images at the show. I wasn’t shooting everything that moved. I tried to make good images that I knew I’d like to keep.
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If your digital photographs are noisy, meaning they look like they have the digital equivalent of grain, consider trying Nik Software DFine 2.0. Dfine is a plug-in that works with Photoshop. It costs less than $99 and it’s very easy to use. I suggest that you use this plug-in first before you make any other […]

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If you hate layer masks – you’ll love Viveza. I had a chance to play with this plug-in at PMA and I have to say it’s very, very cool. You can make all sorts of adjustments using Nik’s U-Point technology. This eliminates the need for layer masks and it really works. They’re offering a free […]

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