Friday, March 29, 2013
Google & Nik Software
Google bought up Nik Software, and offers the full collection of 6 plugins for $149. You can even get a discount on that, apparently, using coupons posted over at the Online Photographer. I downloaded the 15 day free trial, and so far it's kind of fun to play with, but I haven't been able to produce anything that is any better than what I can do in lightroom and photoshop.
I made two versions of the alarm clock, the one posted here is edited in Nik's Viveza. I then edited the same image in Lightroom. Some subtle differences, but I can't say one is particularly better than another. I realize that this is not a particularly challenging subject, and I am just playing around with it, but I did the same experiment with some landscapes (nothing I want to post) and again found not much to argue for the price, even at the current bargain rate - I have not played much with the Silver Efex Pro for B&W. I'll post something later on that.