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November 2, 2010

Review: Alien Skin Exposure 3

By Don Chick, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

The name Exposure doesn’t seem to adequately describe all the capabilities of Alien Skin’s Exposure 3 Photoshop plug-in. When I think of exposure, what comes to my mind is whether an image is properly exposed and if any adjustment, such as color saturation, brightness and contrast is needed. Alien Skin Exposure3, however, is all that and much more!

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Figure 1

Looking at the upper left of Figure 1 (click for large view) you can see that there are six tabs for the Color Films interface. In Figure 2 you can see that the separate Black and White interface has seven tabs. The extra tab in the B&W interface is for infrared adjustments. Looking again at Figure 1, you can see that the user interface is laid out in a logical manner with a minimalist approach. Don’t let the simplicity of the interface fool you; Exposure 3 has many powerful adjustments available to the user.

I appreciate the option to divide the viewing screen so that one portion of the screen shows the original while the other shows the enhancement applied. This allows me to see exactly what results my adjustments will yield. I also enjoyed how easy it is to engage the various settings. Selecting one of the + symbols on the list expands the tree, revealing the many film effect options.

I was amazed at the quantity of factory settings. On the Alien Skin website they claim that this software has more than 500 analog techniques! That combined with the ability to make custom adjustments offers the user a tremendous amount of variety. And being in business to make a profit and not just take pretty pictures, you know that the more variety you can offer your client, the more potential sales you have!

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November 8, 2010

Tutorial: Textures as Layer Styles

By Thom Rouse

Texture layers and blending modes have become a standard method for post-production image enhancement. When you find yourself using a favorite texture over and over, it’s time to save time, and streamline the production. Here’s a method for using textures as layer styles for speed and efficiency.

Step 1. Find and open a texture you use regularly. Either select the entire image (command/control + A) or select a portion of the texture with the rectangular Marquee tool. (Fig. 1)

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Figure 1

Step 2. From the edit menu choose Define Pattern … and name it descriptively so that you can identify it when you are looking for it. For instance “beige rock” or “green stucco wall”

Step 3. Open a subject image and create a duplicate layer above the original (command/control + J). (Fig. 2)

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Figure 2

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November 19, 2010

20,000 Facebook Follower Celebration Giveaway

Thanks so much to our readers for contributing to the success of our Facebook page and the community of photographers there. To have gathered more than 20,000 followers in just over 10 months really says something about the passion people feel for photography, and the commitment that PPA members and Professional Photographer readers have to their profession.

To celebrate this milestone, we're going to have SEVEN DAYS of product giveaways. We want you to be able to concentrate on your clients or your family on the weekends and holidays, so the GIVEAWAY DAYS will be November 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and December 1. There will be ONE WINNER for each day's package of prizes. You can enter all of the Giveaways. We'll select a random number (via an online random number generator) from the number of comments submitted for each giveaway, and the commenter corresponding to that number will win. We'll announce the winner just prior to the next Giveaway announcement and contact the winners via their Facebook page (so be sure that your settings allow us to send you a private message!). 

Our Facebook Giveaway tradition has always involved asking the entrants to contribute a positive piece of information or advice when you make your Comment to enter the drawing. This time, we'd like you to go just a little further.

HOW TO ENTER AND GIVEAWAY ETIQUETTE

1. Please visit the Facebook pages of the companies that have donated the prizes and click on their Like button. This does not statistically increase your chances of winning, but it is a nice thing to do. You'll find links to their Facebook page here where we'll list the day's prizes. 

2. We'll post each day's comment question or request here with the prize listing. Return to the Professional Photographer Facebook Page and POST YOUR COMMENT, answering that question or request, ON THE GIVEAWAY ENTRY ONLY to be included in the drawing. 

3. DO NOT post your entry request on the Professional Photographer Facebook page WALL. We'll delete it. The only method of entry is through COMMENTS on FACEBOOK on the specific GIVEAWAY DAY post. If you don't see a "Write a comment …" field, it means you have not clicked Like on our page. You'll find that button at the top of the page. DO NOT comment on this instruction post. That will not count as an entry.

4. If you are one of our lucky winners but cannot use a portion of the prizes that you've won, please return to that Giveaway post, find another photographer who entered the drawing, and make a new friend and share your winnings!

Now, let's get on with the giving!

DAY ONE COMMENT REQUEST: Share the name of one of your favorite restaurants and what city it's in (particularly if it's in San Antonio).

DAY ONE PRIZES:

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Imagenomic Pro Plugin Suite, which includes Portraiture Plug-in, Noiseware Pro Plug-in, and RealGrain Plug-in. A $300 value. Visit the Imagenomic Facebook Page!

 

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A one-year subscription to Animoto Pro! A $249 value. Visit the Animoto Pro Facebook Page!

 

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A one-year Event Account subscription to ExposureManager! A $99 value. Visit the ExposureManager Facebook Page!

and ...

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A Lexar Professional 600x 8GB UDMA CompactFlash card. An $80 value. Visit the Lexar Media Facebook Page!

That's a total value of $728, and it's just going to get bigger as the giveaway goes on! 

 

 

November 22, 2010

20,000 Facebook Follower Celebration Giveaway (Day 2)

Thanks so much to our readers for contributing to the success of our Facebook page and the community of photographers there. To have gathered more than 20,000 followers in just over 10 months really says something about the passion people feel for photography, and the commitment that PPA members and Professional Photographer readers have to their profession.

To celebrate this milestone, we're going to have SEVEN DAYS of product giveaways. We want you to be able to concentrate on your clients or your family on the weekends and holidays, so the remaining GIVEAWAY DAYS are November 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and December 1

Our Facebook Giveaway tradition has always involved asking the entrants to contribute a positive piece of information or advice when you make your Comment to enter the drawing. This time, we'd like you to go just a little further.

HOW TO ENTER AND GIVEAWAY ETIQUETTE

1. Please visit the Facebook pages of the companies that have donated the prizes and click on their Like button. This does not statistically increase your chances of winning, but it is a nice thing to do. You'll find links to their Facebook page below where we list the day's prizes. 

2. We'll post each day's comment question or request here with the prize listing. Return to the Professional Photographer Facebook Page and POST YOUR COMMENT, answering that question or request, ON THE GIVEAWAY POST ONLY to be included in the drawing (look for the post with DAY TWO GIVEAWAY in all caps). 

3. DO NOT post your entry request on the Professional Photographer Facebook page WALL. We'll delete it. The only method of entry is through COMMENTS on FACEBOOK on the specific GIVEAWAY DAY post. If you don't see a "Write a comment …" field, it means you have not clicked Like on our page. You'll find that button at the top of the page. DO NOT comment on this instruction post. That will not count as an entry.

4. If you are one of our lucky winners but cannot use a portion of the prizes that you've won, please return to that Giveaway post, find another photographer who entered the drawing, and make a new friend and share your winnings!

There will be ONE WINNER for each day's package of prizes. You can enter all of the Giveaways. We'll announce the winner just prior to the next Giveaway announcement and contact the winners via their Facebook page (So be sure that your Facebook settings allow an individual to send you a private message!)

Now, let's get on with the giving!

DAY TWO COMMENT QUESTION: What lifts your spirits and gets you going on a Monday morning?

DAY TWO PRIZES:

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 X-Rite ColorMunki Photo, a color control solution designed specifically for wedding, portrait and event photographers. A $500 value. Visit the X-Rite Photo Facebook page!

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One brick of Kodak Professional PORTRA 400 Film (35mm, or cost equivalent in another format). To go with that, Kodak offers a $150 credit at any lab using KODAK PROFESSIONAL Endura Media. That's a $285 value. Visit the Kodak Facebook page!

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And ...

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The new Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible flash diffuser, a $60 value. Go visit the Gary Fong Flash Diffusers Facebook page!

That's a total value of $935, and it's just going to get bigger as the giveaways continue! Now return to the Professional Photographer Facebook page and comment on the DAY TWO GIVEAWAY post to enter the drawing. 

November 23, 2010

20,000 Facebook Follower Celebration Giveaway (Day 3)

Thanks so much to our readers for contributing to the success of our Facebook page and the community of photographers there. To have gathered more than 20,000 followers in just over 10 months really says something about the passion people feel for photography, and the commitment that PPA members and Professional Photographer readers have to their profession.

To celebrate this milestone, we're going to have SEVEN DAYS of product giveaways. We want you to be able to concentrate on your clients or your family on the weekends and holidays, so the remaining GIVEAWAY DAYS are November 23, 24, 29, 30 and December 1

Our Facebook Giveaway tradition has always involved asking the entrants to contribute a positive piece of information or advice when you make your Comment to enter the drawing. This time, we'd like you to go just a little further.

HOW TO ENTER AND GIVEAWAY ETIQUETTE

1. Please visit the Facebook pages of the companies that have donated the prizes and click on their Like button. This does not statistically increase your chances of winning, but it is a nice thing to do. You'll find links to their Facebook page below where we list the day's prizes. 

2. We'll post each day's comment question or request here with the prize listing. Return to the Professional Photographer Facebook Page and POST YOUR COMMENT, answering that question or request, ON THE GIVEAWAY POST ONLY to be included in the drawing (look for the post with DAY THREE GIVEAWAY in all caps). 

3. DO NOT post your entry request on the Professional Photographer Facebook page WALL. We'll delete it. The only method of entry is through COMMENTS on FACEBOOK on the specific GIVEAWAY DAY post. If you don't see a "Write a comment …" field, it means you have not clicked Like on our page. You'll find that button at the top of the page. DO NOT comment on this instruction post. That will not count as an entry.

4. If you are one of our lucky winners but cannot use a portion of the prizes that you've won, please return to that Giveaway post, find another photographer who entered the drawing, and make a new friend and share your winnings!

There will be ONE WINNER for each day's package of prizes. You can enter all of the Giveaways. We'll announce the winner just prior to the next Giveaway announcement and contact the winners via their Facebook page (So be sure that your Facebook settings allow an individual to send you a private message!)

Now, let's get on with the giving!

DAY THREE COMMENT QUESTION: What was the first item on your work agenda today?

DAY THREE PRIZES:

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onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 5.5, which includes Perfect Resize 7, Mask Pro 4, Photo Tune 3, FocalPoint 2, PhotoTools 2.6, and PhotoFrame 4.6. This is a $500 value. Go to the onOne Software Facebook page

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A Western Digital My Passport Studio 640GB portable hard drive, valued at $169. Go to the Western Digital Facebook page!

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The Bride and Groom Flow Posing DVD from Doug Gordon Workshops, valued at $149. Go to the Doug Gordon Workshops Facebook page!

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A MOO MosaicFrame and credit for 100 Mini-Cards, valued at $60. Go to the MOO Facebook page!

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The ViewRanger GPS app for iPhone or Android, plus extra map credit, a $50 total value. Go to the ViewRanger Facebook page!

That's a total value of $928, and it's just going to get bigger as the giveaways continue! Now return to the Professional Photographer Facebook page and comment on the DAY THREE GIVEAWAY post to enter the drawing. 

November 24, 2010

20,000 Facebook Follower Celebration Giveaway (Day 4)

Thanks so much to our readers for contributing to the success of our Facebook page and the community of photographers there. To have gathered more than 20,000 followers in just over 10 months really says something about the passion people feel for photography, and the commitment that PPA members andProfessional Photographer readers have to their profession.

To celebrate this milestone, we're going to have SEVEN DAYS of product giveaways. We want you to be able to concentrate on your clients or your family on the weekends and holidays, so the remaining GIVEAWAY DAYS are November 24, 29, 30 and December 1

Our Facebook Giveaway tradition has always involved asking the entrants to contribute a positive piece of information or advice when you make your Comment to enter the drawing. This time, we'd like you to go just a little further.

HOW TO ENTER AND GIVEAWAY ETIQUETTE

1. Please visit the Facebook pages of the companies that have donated the prizes and click on their Like button. This does not statistically increase your chances of winning, but it is a nice thing to do. You'll find links to their Facebook page below where we list the day's prizes. 

2. We'll post each day's comment question or request here with the prize listing. Return to theProfessional Photographer Facebook Page and POST YOUR COMMENT, answering that question or request, ON THE GIVEAWAY POST ONLY to be included in the drawing (look for the post with DAY FOUR GIVEAWAY in all caps). 

3. DO NOT post your entry request on the Professional Photographer Facebook page WALL. We'll delete it. The only method of entry is through COMMENTS on FACEBOOK on the specific GIVEAWAY DAY post. If you don't see a "Write a comment …" field, it means you have not clicked Like on our page. You'll find that button at the top of the page. DO NOT comment on this instruction post. That will not count as an entry.

4. If you are one of our lucky winners but cannot use a portion of the prizes that you've won, please return to that Giveaway post, find another photographer who entered the drawing, and make a new friend and share your winnings!

There will be ONE WINNER for each day's package of prizes. You can enter all of the Giveaways. We'll announce the winner just prior to the next Giveaway announcement and contact the winners via their Facebook page (So be sure that your Facebook settings allow an individual to send you a private message!).

Now, let's get on with the giving!

DAY FOUR COMMENT COMMENT: Share a favorite vocal artist, musician or album.

DAY FOUR PRIZES:

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One full year of the PhotoShelter Standard Account, a $360 value. Please go click on Like at the PhotoShelter Facebook page!

 

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A complete Imagenomic Pro Plugin Suite, which includes Portraiture, Noiseware and RealGrain. A $300 value. Visit the Imagenomic Facebook page.

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A Lowepro Classified 160 AW camera bag, valued at $175. Go visit the Lowepro Facebook page

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 An Innergie mCube Pro Universal Power Adapter, valued at $119. Visit the Innergie Facebook page

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The ViewRanger GPS app for iPhone or Android, plus extra map credit, a $50 total value. Go to the ViewRanger Facebook page!

and just for fun ...

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The Gary Fong Flip-Cage and Tripod Adaptor for iPhone. Value $40. Go visit the Gary Fong Facebook page.

That's a total value of $1,044, and it's just going to get bigger as the giveaways continue! Now return to the Professional Photographer Facebook page and comment on the DAY FOUR GIVEAWAY post to enter the drawing. The Day Four entry will stay open through the holiday weekend, and we'll pick our winner on Monday morning, Nov. 29.

November 29, 2010

20,000 Facebook Follower Celebration Giveaway (Day 5)

Thanks so much to our readers for contributing to the success of our Facebook page and the community of photographers there. To have gathered more than 20,000 followers in just over 10 months really says something about the passion people feel for photography, and the commitment that PPA members and Professional Photographer readers have to their profession.

To celebrate this milestone, we're presenting SEVEN DAYS of product giveaways. The remaining GIVEAWAY DAYS are November 29, 30 and December 1

Our Facebook Giveaway tradition has always involved asking the entrants to contribute a positive piece of information or advice when you make your Comment to enter the drawing. This time, we'd like you to go just a little further.

HOW TO ENTER AND GIVEAWAY ETIQUETTE

1. Please visit the Facebook pages of the companies that have donated the prizes and click on their Like button. This does not statistically increase your chances of winning, but it is a nice thing to do. You'll find links to their Facebook page below where we list the day's prizes. 

2. We'll post each day's comment question or request here with the prize listing. Return to the Professional Photographer Facebook Page and POST YOUR COMMENT, answering that question or request, ON THE GIVEAWAY POST ONLY to be included in the drawing (look for the post with DAY FIVE GIVEAWAY in all caps). 

3. DO NOT post your entry request on the Professional Photographer Facebook page WALL. We'll delete it. The only method of entry is through COMMENTS on FACEBOOK on the specific GIVEAWAY DAY post. If you don't see a "Write a comment …" field, it means you have not clicked Like on our page. You'll find that button at the top of the page. DO NOT comment on this instruction post. That will not count as an entry.

4. If you are one of our lucky winners but cannot use a portion of the prizes that you've won, please return to that Giveaway post, find another photographer who entered the drawing, and make a new friend and share your winnings!

There will be ONE WINNER for each day's package of prizes. You can enter all of the Giveaways. We'll announce the winner just prior to the next Giveaway announcement and contact the winners via their Facebook page (So be sure that your Facebook settings allow an individual to send you a private message!).

Now, let's get on with the giving!

DAY FIVE COMMENT QUESTION: What are your goals for 2011? 

DAY FIVE PRIZES:

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A full enrollment in the New York Institute of Photography Complete Course in Professional Photography, a $1,198 value. Please visit the New York Institute of Photography Facebook page

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Perfectly Clear, the Photoshop Plug-in by Athentech Imaging. A $199 value. Visit the Perfectly Clear Facebook page.

and ... 

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A  one-year Event Account subscription to ExposureManager. A $99 value. Visit the ExposureManager Facebook page.

That's a total value of $1,496, and it's just going to get bigger as the giveaways continue! Now return to the Professional Photographer Facebook page and comment on the DAY FIVE GIVEAWAY post to enter the drawing. We'll pick our winner on Tuesday morning, Nov. 30.

November 30, 2010

20,000 Facebook Follower Celebration Giveaway (Day 6)

Thanks so much to our readers for contributing to the success of our Facebook page and the community of photographers there. To have gathered more than 20,000 followers in just over 10 months really says something about the passion people feel for photography, and the commitment that PPA members and Professional Photographer readers have to their profession.

To celebrate this milestone, we're presenting seven days of product giveaways. The remaining GIVEAWAY DAYS are November 30 and December 1

Our Facebook Giveaway tradition has always involved asking the entrants to contribute a positive piece of information or advice when you make your Comment to enter the drawing. This time, we'd like you to go just a little further.

HOW TO ENTER AND GIVEAWAY ETIQUETTE

1. Please visit the Facebook pages of the companies that have donated the prizes and click on their Like button. This does not statistically increase your chances of winning, but it is a nice thing to do. You'll find links to their Facebook page below where we list the day's prizes. 

2. We'll post each day's comment question or request here with the prize listing. Return to the Professional Photographer Facebook Page and POST YOUR COMMENT, answering that question or request, ON THE GIVEAWAY POST ONLY to be included in the drawing (look for the post with DAY SIX GIVEAWAY in all caps). 

3. DO NOT post your entry request on the Professional Photographer Facebook page WALL. We'll delete it. The only method of entry is through COMMENTS on FACEBOOK on the specific GIVEAWAY DAY post. If you don't see a "Write a comment …" field, it means you have not clicked Like on our page. You'll find that button at the top of the page. DO NOT comment on this instruction post. That will not count as an entry.

4. If you are one of our lucky winners but cannot use a portion of the prizes that you've won, please return to that Giveaway post, find another photographer who entered the drawing, and make a new friend and share your winnings!

There will be ONE WINNER for each day's package of prizes. You can enter all of the Giveaways. We'll announce the winner just prior to the next Giveaway announcement and contact the winners via their Facebook page (So be sure that your Facebook settings allow an individual to send you a private message!).

Now, let's get on with the giving!

DAY SIX COMMENT REQUEST: If I couldn't be a photographer, I would like to be a(an) __fill in the blank__. 

DAY SIX PRIZES:

 

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A Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens, valued at $730 (your choice of mount: Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Four-thirds). Please visit the Sigma Facebook page!

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X-Rite ColorMunki Photo, a color control solution designed specifically for wedding, portrait and event photographers, plus an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport. A total $599 value. Visit the X-Rite Photo Facebook page!

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Viveza 2 and HDR EFEX Pro from Nik Software, valued at $360. Go visit the Nik Software Facebook page!

 

and ...

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One Anza flush mount album and 12 months of a customizable online storefront Web Gallery service from DigiLabs, together valued at $300. Please visit the DigiLabs Facebook page!

That's a total value of $1,989, and tomorrow, the final giveaway day, will be even bigger! Now return to the Professional Photographer Facebook page and comment on the DAY SIX GIVEAWAY post to enter the drawing. We'll pick our winner on Wednesday morning, Dec. 1.

Pro Review: Nik Software HDR Efex Pro

By Stan Sholik

Equipment and software suppliers are continually providing photographers with a wide array of tools. The best photographic tools can point us in new directions by opening our minds to possibilities we had never considered before. Nik HDR Efex Pro is such a tool.

Nik is late in entering the HDR arena. There are a number of HDR programs with varying capabilities already available.

But not being first has allowed Nik to overcome many of the shortcomings of these early programs. HDR Efex Pro incorporates a number of tone mapping algorithms where most other HDR programs include only one. It offers a wide range of presets and quickly produces thumbnail previews of the presets using the image on which you are working. It includes a wide range of user adjustments to the built-in presets including the ability to save custom presets. And it incorporates Nik Software’s proprietary U Point technology that allows you to target HDR options to specific areas of the image. These features plus responsive operation, an elegant interface and more, make HDR Efex Pro the most powerful yet most user friendly HDR software currently available.

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HDR Efex Pro incorporates Nik’s U Point tool that allows you to target adjustments to particular areas of the image. Here I used it to add additional structure to the clouds and to decrease the warmth of the clouds that was added by my choice of preset. Image ©Stan Sholik

Nik recommends installing HDR Efex Pro as a plug-in for 64-bit Adobe Photoshop and Bridge CS4 through CS5, or as a 32-bit or 64-bit plug-in for Lightroom 2.6 (or later) or Apple Aperture 2.1.4 (or later). While it will open as a stand-alone application, this is not recommended.

How you access HDR Efex Pro varies slightly depending on the host application you are using and whether you want to merge a series of images or work with a single image. In Photoshop, when merging single or multiple images, the best path is from the File>Automate menu. In other host software you can find the program in Aperture’s Photos>Edit with Plug-in menu, in Bridge it is found in the Tools menu and in Lightroom in the File>Export with Preset menu. The HDR Efex Pro multiple image Merge dialog is compatible with all 8- or 16-bit or RAW file formats supported by Photoshop. You can apply HDR Efex Pro to a single 8-, 16-, or 32-bit image from the File>Automate menu.

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There are a number of ways to access HDR Efex Pro to merge images. I recommend right/Option-clicking on the series of exposures in Bridge and selecting “Merge to HDR Efex Pro” from the Nik Software dropdown menu. Selecting Nik Software>Merge to HDR Efex Pro from the Tools menu in Bridge accomplishes the same thing.

Continue reading "Pro Review: Nik Software HDR Efex Pro" »

About November 2010

This page contains all entries posted to Professional Photographer Magazine Web Exclusives in November 2010. They are listed from oldest to newest.

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