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Nik Software Captured: The Complete Guide to Using Nik Software's Photographic Tools ebook

by Joshua A. Haftel,Tony L. Corbell


Nik Software Captured" does a good job filling this gap to provide the insights into the Nik Software plug-ins that you will have a hard time finding described elsewhere.

Nik Software Captured" does a good job filling this gap to provide the insights into the Nik Software plug-ins that you will have a hard time finding described elsewhere. One thing I found particularly valuable was a description of the pros/cons between the Lightroom/Aperture plug-ins and the Photoshop plug-ins. Had I known this earlier, I might have made a different purchasing decision.

With Nik Software Captured, authors and Nik Software, Inc. insiders Tony Corbell and Josh Haftel help you use after-capture software products . Tony L. Corbell has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. insiders Tony Corbell and Josh Haftel help you use after-capture software products easier and more creatively.

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Learn all the features and functionality of the complete Nik family of products

Styled in such a way as to resemble the way photographers think, Nik Software Captured aims to help you learn to apply all the features and functionality of the Nik software products. With Nik Software Captured, authors and Nik Software, Inc. insiders Tony Corbell and Josh Haftel help you use after-capture software products easier and more creatively. Their sole aim is to ensure that you can apply the techniques discussed in the book while gaining a thorough understanding of the capabilities of programs such as Dfine 2.0, Viveza 2, Color Efex Pro 4.0, Silver Efex Pro 2, Sharpener Pro 3.0, and HDR Efex Pro.

Helps you learn all the features and functionality of the Nik family of products
Rasmus
I purchased this book, because I found the Nik Software Collection's built-in help to be very perfunctory. The built-in help summarizes what a particular tool does and briefly describes the controls. However, it doesn't always describe what the ramifications of changing those controls do to the photo. That is why I wanted to buy this book. However, the book ends up being a mixed bag.

1) The first chapter covers some aspects of capturing photos and selecting photos to edit in post-processing. I felt that this chapter was unnecessary, because its space could have been used to talk more about the software. There are plenty of other books dedicated to the topic of capturing photos (composition, etc.) and selecting photos. Even this book states that this topic "could fill volumes" (page 3). The book may have been better off providing a short bibliography for such topics.

2) The images that show off the Nik Software interface are too small, as other reviewers have mentioned. For a book about teaching the reader how to use the software, it is essential that the images of the software interface be readable. Not everybody has good vision. In addition, the authors do not highlight parts of the interface when talking about a particular function like other photography software books. For example, the author would talk about a function and then refer to Figure X.Y. When you go look at Figure X.Y, it's hard to tell what in the interface has changed. The book should circle the area in question, use a callout, or some similar technique.

3) My main interest was in learning about all of Color Efex Pro 4's controls. On page 144, it says "With 55 filters and a pretty good online help system, we won't go into what each slider does in this book." Unfortunately, most people buy these books, because the online help is bad! Software vendors have spent so little money and effort on their instruction manuals that customers have become accustomed to them being bad.

To be fair, I did check out Color Efex Pro 4's online help. It shows you an HTML version of the interface with hot points that you can click to bring up help for it. The content in the online help describes what the controls do, but it is still basic. For example, when I checked out the Global Contrast control for the Bleach Bypass filter, the online help says, "Controls the overall contrast of the image." That is somewhat of a "captain obvious" description, and something I have come to expect from an online help system or software manual. This is why I would have expected this book to delve further on topics like that, but the book does not sadly.

4) The book's writing is very good. The writing is not too dry and also does not try to get too funny like some of Scott Kelby's books.

In conclusion, I can't but feel that this book should have been the software manual. The biggest letdown is the Color Efex Pro 4 section, since it does not cover every control of every filter. I suspect another author will be publishing a book about this, to which people will have to pay again. :-(

When the software maker publishes a book about their own software, I expect it to be comprehensive and go beyond the software manual or online help. This book isn't there yet.
kinder
Nik's software plug-ins are fantastic tools, although documentation is sorely lacking, and the online videos only give hints at what functionality is available or how the tools can (and should) be used. "Nik Software Captured" does a good job filling this gap to provide the insights into the Nik Software plug-ins that you will have a hard time finding described elsewhere.

The book starts off discussing digital editing and workflow. One thing I found particularly valuable was a description of the pros/cons between the Lightroom/Aperture plug-ins and the Photoshop plug-ins. Had I known this earlier, I might have made a different purchasing decision. It's actually somewhat sad that this information isn't made more obvious in Nik Software's own website.

A good description of the overall interface, and the crown jewel of the Nik Software tools (U point technology) comes next. I found it refreshing to get a more technical description of how U Point works, and some commentary on how it should be used. Again, it's disappointing this information isn't really described well in other sources from Nik itself.

The next several chapters discuss each of the various tools Nik offers, with a tour of the interface and examples on how to use each product. The weakest of these chapters is probably the one on Sharpener Pro. Although there was some detail given motivating the need for the tool, I didn't find the explanations on when to use pre-sharpening vs. output sharpening very clear. It's still ambiguous to me after reading the descriptions given.

The final chapters give example sessions/workflow on example portrait and landscape photos. There are a few good ideas given, but there was nothing particularly remarkable about these topics.

If you are looking for a way to maximize your understanding (and value) of the Nik Software tools, this is a very good resource. None of the tools are particularly complex to use, so your alternative is to just play with stuff and examine the results. However, it's likely if you just experiment with the product, you'll be left puzzled on exactly how some things should be used (or even leave some of the power of the tools unexploited). So, although this book really isn't needed beyond a quick initial read, there is value you'll likely get out of it. Recommended.
Malahelm
I purchased the Nik Software in order to do some fancy things with digital photos easier than by using just Photoshop. I am not a professional photographer nor a highly skilled amateur. I am 76, have recently taken college courses in digital photography, like working with digital photos on my Mac, and can afford to indulge myself in expensive software such as Photoshop and the Nik suite. The Nik website has many teaching videos. This is a common thing today with companies rather than generating texts. But I do not have a good high speed internet connection, and I prefer to sit in a chair and read a book to reading or watching things on the computer. I have become reasonably good in using Photoshop, but I wanted to expand my skills using the Nik software. This book, written by two Nik people, was perfect for me. It provides a good introduction to the Nik software. After reading the book, I felt I had a pretty good introduction in what I can do with the software and a better background for learning from the website videos. The book is probably a waste of time for people already familiar with the sort of digital manipulation the Nik software provides. That is evident in some of the low ratings I read. But, if you are relatively new to the topic, and especially if you prefer learning from a book, I think this book is a good place to start.
Nik Software Captured: The Complete Guide to Using Nik Software's Photographic Tools ebook
Author:
Joshua A. Haftel,Tony L. Corbell
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