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Achieving a Natural Looking HDR in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2

Achieving a Natural Looking HDR in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 

Today I am going to take you through the steps that I use to achieve a natural looking HDR for that “As the eye sees” look that I desire in an image. Everyone has their tastes when it comes to HDR and this happens to be mine. But while it’s a natural look it’s one that people struggle with most. It seems it’s pretty easy to get a painterly or grunged up effect but trying to get something that that look Photographic and not Graphic is a tougher road (Thanks to Joe Buissink for that line, I was captivated watching him on Creative Live today).

I think a lot of it comes down to trying to do too much. Even the software manufacturers have a hard time with this. In talking to the folks at Nik, it is a struggle to decide what to include in software and what to leave out.  It’s a delicate balance.

I tend to err on the side of less is more and here’s why; when you give people a lot of options, they think they need to use them all. It’s like giving someone inexperienced, a rack full of spices and telling them to cook. They will probably overdo it because they think they need to. When really that delicate piece of fish just needed salt, pepper and a little garlic (always garlic I’m Italian).  Continue reading »

Follow up to the Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 Review

Over on Facebook someone asked to show the differences between Nik HDR Efex Pro and the New Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 in a side by side comparison image.

Which is a reasonable request but there are some problems with this if you don’t look at it with a few things in mind. HEP2 not only has a new HDR Algorithm, it also has some big changes in controls. So how do you separate out what is due to the algorithm and what is because of the controls? Then on top of that even if the controls were exactly the same the images would not look similar because the beginning default image is of a lighter luminance value with the new algorithm than the old Continue reading »

Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 – First Review

One note, make sure you read this review all the way to the end.
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On Monday Nik Software announced the release of Nik HDR Efex Pro 2, an update to their ground breaking (In some ways ) HDR Efex Pro. It promised to deliver some much needed upgrades in a few areas
Improved speed and performance
A new Alignment and De-ghosting panel with improved performance
A new Tone-Mapping Algorithm
A new and improved Control Panel
Let’s see how these new features stack up Continue reading »