Yesterday I received notice from Nik Software, who was recently acquired Google, that they were now bundling all of their professional photography plug-ins and dropping the price to $150. Shocked doesn’t even begin to explain the emotion that I felt.
Nik Software was the first set of photo plug-ins that I had the pleasure of using and have since been my favorite. I would venture to guess that I put about 90% of my photos through at least one of Nik’s software programs. I can’t compliment Nik enough for this change in their business’s pricing structure. This allows so many more people to enjoy and benefit from great software at a very affordable price. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the creative work of others and this allows many more people that opportunity.
Now, if your still on the fence about purchasing this even after the 70% price cut, you can pick up a 15 day fully functional trial to determine if this is something that will truly benefit your work-flow.
Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikon 70-300
Post Processing: Lightroom, Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, Photoshop
Shot Info: 1/320 sec at f 5.6, ISO 1400
Nik Silver Efex Pro – Film Noir
The above image was processed using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2. I started with the Film Noir preset and adjusted settings until I was satisfied with the result. It is really hard to say which plug-in is my favorite because each image speaks to me differently. In previous posts you can see in the photo information sections what software I have used to process the image.
If you’re interested in HDR I have a small write up under my review section that covers Nik’s HDR Efex Pro. Hopefully soon I will make the time to do full reviews of all of their software.
Ultimately, I feel this is an absolute great deal. I hope at this price point they are still able to innovate and produce timely updates and improvements to their software. But the fact is that at this price every photographer should add this collection to their toolbox for post processing. And if this incredibly low price isn’t enough, you can still use the coupon code “bcox” to take another 15% off.