I use Nik quite a lot in my workflow. It's great for adding a little punch to a photo. It integrates very well into CS6 and Lightroom. Silver Efex Pro and Viveza are the ones I use the most. Usually for messing with the Sky. The u-point makes it very easy to make local adjustments without complicated work with Layers. I'd say its a bargain . The downside is lots more people will use it which makes the effects less special and more common. What was a hidden secret (especially Silver Efex Pro) will now be commonly used
Hi, since you use it, maybe you can answer my question I had just before your post.
Working with these NIK plugins....are you doing this to RAW files non-destructively...or does using each one of these plug ins (not the HDR one)...output like a TIFF file....
Just wondering if these fit into workwith with RAW all the way through, and then outputting TIFF or Jpeg at the end...or if these plugins put out TIFF/jpeg, and you should only use them at the end of the workflow?
Works OK with LR work flow. When you open a file to edit with Nik products, it produces a virtual copy (tiff) that you can edit to your heart's content. The original RAW is preserved as its own file.
Hmm..ok, that's what I was afraid of....I'm using Aperture. I like that it, much like Lightroom, allows you to make all the adjustments to the RAW file (well, technically just keeping track of what all to apply to it)...but you don't actually move to jpeg or tiff till you're finished.
These plugins, would be best used at the very END of your workflow, after you've done everything you want with LR or Aperture....and do these as final steps before outputting the images.
That kinda blows, but seems the nature of the beast with plugins to our 'development' software....was hoping these weren't that way.
In Aperture, I usually only adjust the overall exposure in Aperture before going to NIK (usually Viveza for couloir photos). As I said before, once you use their u-point tonal mask adjustments, you'll realize how foolish it is trying to do global adjustments in Aperture. Seldom do two tones in any given photo need the same adjustment. After NIK, I use Aperture to sharpen the final TIFF (I still prefer Apertures sharpening in most cases).
Hey, thank you SO much for the advice.
I just pulled the trigger and got the suite....
I'll try to install it later this week, and play around with it.
I'm still a bit of a noob, but with a serious hardware/software jones.....I'm still going through some good tutorials on how to use Aperture 3....so, gonna finish that up (from a book)..and then install and try things out.
Goodness....the software I've bought and haven't even installed/used yet, but was "too good a deal to pass up".
Photomatix (installed but barely tried)
Pluraleyes 3 (free with Rode stereovideo mike pro...which isn't even out of the box yet)
and God knows what else...I need to check my downloads folder out...
Ugh...I need to seriously take a week off from the day job...stay at home...and just have time to play with the software and go through all the stills and video I've shot the past year....learn, and catch up with NO distractions...
At some point here, I think I need to stop shooting...and process and learn!!!
Oh well, there are worse problems in the world....