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I bought the whole collection and am just learning how to use the plugins. Here is an example. I realize that it's easy to over saturate and go a bit overboard if you aren't careful. This one was edited slightly in Nik, but I think some others that I've put onFlickr were over processed. I like the image to be enhanced, while still looking natural.

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Another vote here for Nik. I bought their full suite of plugins for Aperture a while back (excluding the HDR one as I don't do HDR), and use them on all my photos. DFine is, in my opinion, the best noise reduction software out there, and being a huge fan of mono, I absolutely adore Silver Efex. The software doesn't do anything that can't be accomplished in Photoshop, but it does simplify the process by streamlining it, since you have all the tools in a single, consolidated UI. The u-point method is also quicker than painting masks in Photoshop, and generally works just as well. Viveza is great for quickly giving photos a bit more punch, while Colour Efex is pretty cool too although a lot of the filters are a tad gimmicky, and I don't use it as much as the others. Sharpener Pro is decent although I sometimes still use Photoshop's Unsharp Mask instead, as it has a particular look that I'm rather fond of.

I'd say DFine is an essential purchase if you're regularly shooting in situations that require high ISO, and Silver Efex is the best mono processing app out there for digital shooters.

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Yet another vote for Nik. Awesome software. Also they have a bunch of online training videos.

Be aware that they do offer a collection at a discounted price. Also, if you demo the software they will send you a coupon near the end of the demo for a discount (5% if I remember correctly). I also remember seeing the coupon somewhere else I think it was at the end of one of their videos. In either case if you are interested in all their products but a bundle and get the coupon you will save some dollars.

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Yep, buying in a bundle is considerably cheaper, especially when the apps are locked to a specific parent app. In my case, I bought the bundle for Aperture only, which was much cheaper than buying the full versions independently.

Nik also offer discounted upgrade costs for a while after a new release comes out.

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Northwoods Bill wrote in post #14852641external link
Yet another vote for Nik. Awesome software. Also they have a bunch of online training videos.

Be aware that they do offer a collection at a discounted price. Also, if you demo the software they will send you a coupon near the end of the demo for a discount (5% if I remember correctly). I also remember seeing the coupon somewhere else I think it was at the end of one of their videos. In either case if you are interested in all their products but a bundle and get the coupon you will save some dollars.

You can get 15% off by using the code from Mike Moats site: http://www.mikemoatsbl​og.comexternal link

Receive 15% off your Nik Software order using my promo code.
Just type in the word MOATS for your code.

I saved $75.00 when I purchased the whole collection. Regular price was $499, so I paid $424. No tax if you choose to download.

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Use them all and love them. Here is another example from SIlver Effex

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sandylp wrote in post #14864461external link
You can get 15% off by using the code from Mike Moats site: http://www.mikemoatsbl​og.comexternal link

Receive 15% off your Nik Software order using my promo code.
Just type in the word MOATS for your code.

I saved $75.00 when I purchased the whole collection. Regular price was $499, so I paid $424. No tax if you choose to download.


It's much cheaper to buy it boxed from B&H or Adorama. $382.

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Here's another one that's been edited with Nik software.

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One from today using NIK Silver Effex Pro 2

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Nik is all I use.

It's well worth the money.

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I use Silver Efex Pro and Nik Dfine the most.......I used to do a lot of HDR and HDR Efex was my favorite. Every once in a while I need to do an HDR and just use their default setting to build a histogram and then edit it like a normal photo for a nice natural look :) I'm wanting to try Viveza, think I might download the 15 day trial

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Canon_Shoe wrote in post #14919278external link
I'm wanting to try Viveza, think I might download the 15 day trial

Viveza 2 is awesome. Don't download the trial unless you can buy it when the trial is up, because you wont want to not have it. It really is great software.

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Viveza 2 is awesome. Don't download the trial unless you can buy it when the trial is up, because you wont want to not have it. It really is great software.

Whew, all of this Nik Software gets expensive......they should have a smaller bundle price

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I notice there are different versions for sale on B&H. Do you guys use this plug-in with LR or CS6? What's better to use it with?

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Ming-Tzu wrote in post #14920298external link
I notice there are different versions for sale on B&H. Do you guys use this plug-in with LR or CS6? What's better to use it with?

If your workflow centers around a Raw converter, and you have Lightroom, then the LR plug-ins can be convenient, sure!

If, though, Photoshop is a main part of your workflow, then you have more options with Photoshop.

So, it's up to you!

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