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Suite 100 I
Rochester Hills, MI
nik Software is AMAZING. What is even more amazing is that the price has transitioned from $600 down to $150, and now $0. That's right it is now free!
I have been using nik filters since 2009 and can say that they are hands down my first choice for creative editing. The nik collection includes:
Silver Efex Pro 2 - Black & White conversions with amazing control. You can add subtle toning, and achieve very good control over the shadow and highlight detail.
Viveza - Color editing, again with crazy accurate control. With the "control points" built into the software you can isolate particular colors then adjust saturation, temperature, lightness, structure, etc.
HDR Efex pro2 - My oldest, and favorite HDR blending tool. Works with single RAW files in addition to multiple image brackets. The image above was a single frame RAW file and nik blew me away with how well it did drawing out the details.
Color Efex Pro4 - Probably the inspiration for many of the filters that are now showing up in Instagram and the like. Great edge effects and just tons of great control. The image above is a great example of the fun you can have with Color Efex Pro4.
There are also tools for sharpening, noise reduction, and Analog effects. I will cover these, but I must say I don't use them with the regularity that I do the others.
If you plan to attend I would strongly encourage you to download the nik Collection in advance and get it installed. I will make a few images available to the group to work on and follow along with me as I demonstrate the tools. Fortunately, once you learn one application, the rest of them share many of the same operational standards.
If you don't have a laptop you can watch as I demonstrate and then go home and try your hand on your own masterpieces.
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