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Dec 25, 2013 11:37 |  #1

I just got LR5 and wondering if I should spend money on NIK Collection. What is your experience with them? Which one do you use most and for what type of images? Is it worth the $150 buy?




  
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Dec 25, 2013 13:56 |  #2

I use silver efex all the time. It was gifted to me however. If I had to pay for it now that I know what I'd be missing, I probably would.


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Dec 25, 2013 15:33 |  #3

hoffainc wrote in post #16553190 (external link)
I just got LR5 and wondering if I should spend money on NIK Collection. What is your experience with them? Which one do you use most and for what type of images? Is it worth the $150 buy?


Well worth every dime as plugin set for LR or Aperture. Have used Nik for years.




  
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Dec 26, 2013 03:14 |  #4

If you "need" something extra to what LR provides in Raw processing, sure, check it out!! Although I personally advise getting and using Photoshop Elements first!!


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Dec 26, 2013 09:43 |  #5

hoffainc wrote in post #16553190 (external link)
I just got LR5 and wondering if I should spend money on NIK Collection. What is your experience with them? Which one do you use most and for what type of images? Is it worth the $150 buy?

i bought it like a year ago when google took over and it was no longer like $500 for the set. I rarely use it and forgot I even had it until I saw this thread lol

I would be furious if I paid 500+ for it before the buyout. Not even worth the $150 imo




  
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Dec 26, 2013 09:45 |  #6

You just got LR5. Why not spend some time with it before investing in additional software?


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Dec 26, 2013 10:26 |  #7

Nik software is some of the best out there :) but again, as stated by the post above me, it depends on your skill level and how advanced you are in your PP endeavors, if you are new to digital photography then LR will probably be everything you need for quite some time and you should become familiar with its potential, but if youve been around a while then the Nik software is wonderful !!


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Dec 26, 2013 15:18 |  #8

Great advise, thank you. I will get really educated up on what I have before I invest more money in an add-on.




  
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Dec 27, 2013 00:21 |  #9

I agree, get to know LR5 first. Trying to learn too much at once can be counter productive.

With that said, the Nik plug-ins are amazing tools and well worth the money if you decide later that you need more then what LR5 offers.




  
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Dec 27, 2013 00:34 |  #10

Nik software is available as a 15 day free trial. Download it and try it... if you use it all the time then it will be worth it for you. If you just click all the presets once to see what they do and never use it again then it's not worth paying for. Personally I use it a great deal and find it to be excellent in combination with LR5 and CS6.




  
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Dec 27, 2013 08:43 |  #11

I wouldn't be without the NIK filter collection. I use ColorEfex, SilverEfex and Dfine all the time. No need to "get to know Lightroom" before using these easy-to-use and wonderfully creative filters. If you're serious about photography, NIK is a "must-have" IMHO.


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Dec 27, 2013 10:46 |  #12

I have not had time to work with the new Nik module for creating old film looks. That should be fun.




  
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Dec 30, 2013 13:24 |  #13

I use Tiffen and Topaz more than NIK.




  
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Dec 30, 2013 16:37 |  #14

NIK has turned Aperture into little more than a white balance and exposure RAW converter for me. I do almost everything else in NIK after I've gotten the exposure and white balance dialed during the RAW conversion process.


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Dec 30, 2013 17:22 |  #15

Love Silver Efex. Dont use the others as much, but the HDR program is nice as well.


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