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Book Launch: Nik HDR Efex Pro 2

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Four image HDR blend with Tone Mapping in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2
Four image HDR blend with Tone Mapping in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2

 

A few years back HDR became for many people one of the most hated terms in photography. I believe this was in part due to the overuse of techniques that produced extreme examples of HDR. It was probably also due to HDR being used to resurrect images that should have been allowed to die a natural death. In short, if you don’t like the HDR treatment and style of image you have typically seen, you may not be interested in HDR.

But by disregarding HDR techniques you are also disregarding a very useful tool that help you produce images of excellent quality. The key to this is being able to master and control the traits of HDR that we often pick up on. The image at the top of this post for example is an HDR image yet appears to be a natural photograph; the HDR treatment has been chosen to suit the image. The same can be said of the following black and white image.

Three image HDR in Nik HDR Efex Pro with B&W post processing in Nik Silver Efex
Three image HDR in Nik HDR Efex Pro with B&W post processing in Nik Silver Efex

My latest book which has just launched on Amazon, provides you with the tools necessary to control the HDR process and look using Nik HDR Efex. It follows the proven and popular format of marrying information with hands on practical exercises.

  • The first art of the book discusses how to shoot and prepare HDR image sequences prior to merging.
  • The book then covers the process of generating the HDR image as well as applying Tone Mapping techniques.
  • The book then concludes with three full length worked examples for which you can download the accompanying image files from my Lenscraft website. This allows you to follow the process on your own computer from merging the initial images through to post production enhancement with other Nik filters.
Mastering Nik HDR Efex Pro 2
Mastering Nik HDR Efex Pro 2

The book is priced at just £3.99 (or similar in other currencies) and can be purchased from Amazon in the Kindle format.

Links to the book on Amazon UK and Amazon US are given below. Alternatively, you can search for the book title “Mastering Nik HDR Efex Pro 2”.

Link to Amazon UK

Link to Amazon US

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Topaz Texture Effects Book Launch

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Before & After Texture Effects
Before & After Topaz Texture Effects

I’m very pleased to be able to announce that my latest book “From Photography to Art with Topaz Texture Effects” has now been published and is available on Amazon. The book covers in detail how to use the Texture Effects software and provides two full length examples for you to follow. In common with my other books you are able to download the starting images for these examples so that you can follow the examples on your own computer.

In addition to the descriptions and examples, the book provides a number of more creative ideas for using the software. For example, did you know that you can use the software to create new Borders and Textures. This information hasn’t been previously shared and isn’t even available on the Topaz website.

If you don’t already have the Texture Effects software, you can use the 30-day demo with the book (available from the Topaz website). The book also includes a 15% discount code should you later decide to make a purchase.

You can find the book using the links below or search for the title on your local amazon store.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

New Book and Free Book

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I’m usually really excited to be announcing a new book launch but recent events have somewhat dulled my enthusiasm. I received the final edit over the weekend and as always my editor has done a great job. I thought about delaying this but then decided I wanted to try to regain some normality. I also had the opportunity to dedicate the book to the memory of my mother.

Despite my subdued mood I am very pleased with the content. I think the book is pretty unique in its approach to developing peoples photography. Having said that I will probably find several hundred people now write to me to say it reminds them of another book.

If you want to take a look here are the links to amazon.co.uk and amazon.com. You can also search for “The Photographers Coach” on amazon.

Dfine Cover

Additionally, if you would like to get a free copy of my book “How to Avoid and Remove Image Noise with Nik Dfine 2”, this will be available for free download on the 2nd August and 3rd August from the amazon Kindle store.

The links are as follows for amazon.co.uk and amazon.com. If your on my Lenscraft mailing list I will be sending out a reminder nearer the time.

Please feel free to spread the word and I hope you enjoy.

Nik Color Efex Book Launch

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Nik Color Efex Pro: How to transform your photography
Nik Color Efex Pro: How to transform your photography

I am really pleased to announce that my latest book “Nik Color Efex Pro: How to transform your photography” is now available on Amazon (Link to Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk). It has an introductory price for the month of April of just $2.99 (£1.85 in the UK and other countries are similarly priced in their relevant Amazon stores).

The reason I’m so pleased to announce this is that it’s a huge book. It’s 230 pages in A4 format and contains almost 300 illustrations. Months and effort and research have gone into creating this one and I’m really pleased with the results.

If you’re not familiar with Nik Color Efex Pro it is an amazing product. It contains 55 filters that can be applied to enhance your image in an almost unimaginable variety of ways. A lot of Nik software owners seem to shy away from using it because it offers so much choice and flexibility. There is also very little documented on its filters and functionality so this book provides an invaluable reference tool for users.

View book on Amazon.co.uk

View book on Amazon.com

Contemplative Photography

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Perito Morano Glacier in Argentina. Captured in 2007 using a Canon 400D.
Perito Morano Glacier in Argentina. Captured in 2007 using a Canon 400D. This is an immense slab of ice that is hard to appreciate from the picture. This section of the glacier face is probably a couple of hundred feet tall.

For some reason, quite often when I tell people that I am reading a book on photography they appear surprised. I don’t know why but it’s just the general impression I get. I start by saying this as I am about to discuss a book I have purchased.

Anyway, I was recently browsing the photography section of Waterston’s (for readers not in the UK, this is about the only remaining high street bookstore chain left). There seemed to be a plethora of new titles released for no doubt Christmas. Most of them were very similar and featured what I would describe as over processed images with impact but no lasting appeal. I then happened across a book titled “The Practice of Contemplative Photography” by Michael Wood and Andy Karr (link for amazon.co.uk and amazon.com).

From the cover I wasn’t expecting much but then you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover as the saying goes. Inside what struck me were the images. They were incredibly simple and the processing so subtle. A lot were by the authors but there were also some great images by people you are unlikely to have heard of. The authors had clearly spent a lot of time collating the images for the book.

Did I buy the book? Well, not from Waterston’s as they wanted £24.99 for a copy that was looking a little too worn. In the end I bought it from The Book Depository using Amazon Market Place (which was much better value) and it arrived this morning.

Now I have to say at this point that I haven’t read the text so as an instruction book I have no idea how good it may or may not be. What I know is that looking at the images it will make me contemplate my own work more.

New Book Launch

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Nik Sharpener 3 Book Cover
Nik Sharpener 3 Book Cover

I am very pleased (or relieved depending on how you look at it) to be able to share that my new eBook covering Nik Sharpener Pro 3 is out and can be purchased from Amazon.  It’s titled Nik Sharpener Pro 3: How to achieve razor sharp images. It’s priced as usual to be value for money at $3.99 (£2.51 in the UK). Here is the link to the book on Amazon.com. If you are in another country such as the UK, Amazon provide a helpful link over on the right hand side(see the green box) to switch to your own country where the book can be purchased.

If you are a member of my Lenscraft website you will shortly receive an email advising of a special introductory offer. If you’re not a member and would like to receive advanced notifications of future offers by email, add yourself to my mailing list by signing up as at www.lenscraft.co.uk. It’s completely free and I promise not to share your email address with others or bombard you with email (I hate it when people do that to me).

I hope that those of you who purchase the book enjoy it.

New Photoshop Book Launch

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Cover of my new Photoshop Book
Cover of my new Photoshop Book

I’m very pleased to announce (and with great relief) that my new Photoshop Book “Essential Photoshop: How to use 9 essential tools and techniques to transform your photography” is now live on Amazon (here is the link to it Amazon.com for US readers). The book is designed to support beginners and those who are not confident users of Photoshop, progress to an Intermediate level as quickly as possible.

This book is a little longer than my usual guides at approximately 200 pages and presents a comprehensive, but easy to understand system for editing photography. It’s extensively illustrated, with numerous worked examples, all of which are supported by a download file from my website (www.lenscraft.co.uk). The download contains all the images for the worked examples, in Photoshop PSD format, with the layers still in place. This allows readers to see the actual edits that were made to the images, in order to produce the screenshots for the book.

The approach outlined in the book can be applied to all versions of Photoshop back to version 6 (or possibly earlier) which was released in the year 2000. It doesn’t however apply to Elements; that’s a future book.

The book is available in Kindle format for just $3.99 (£2.69). Don’t worry if you don’t have a Kindle device as you can download a free Kindle reader application for your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device by following this link.

For anyone who is a registered member of my Lenscraft website you will shortly (depending when you are reading this) receive an email detailing how for a limited time, you can download the book for free. If you aren’t already registered, you can still register and receive similar notifications as I launch future books.

Happy editing.