Will I Ever Take a Good Picture?

My journey trying to take good photos.

HDR. Just can’t figure out what I like.

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In my last post I talked about the NECCC photo conference and posted pictures that I had run thru NIK software (HDR EFLEX PRO 2). I am thinking of buying the NIK bundle and am using the 15 day trial version. I thought I should run it thru CS6 since I already paid for that! 

Here is the CX6 version that I came up with with. I tweaked the shadows in LR a bit and toned down the blue a bit. 

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Here is the NIK version. Remember I swapped out the grass with the grass from my +2/3ev shot (in PS). Other than that no processing outside of NIK.

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For comparison this is the LR edited version (0ev shot, with shadows and highlights tweaked).

ImageBetween NIK and PS I find the NIK interface a bit easier to use. If I understood how to tweak things better I think either one would work just fine.

Which do you prefer? I think I like the NIK version the most but then I look at the three again and change my mind. The PS version is acceptable and since I already own it I really don’t need the NIK HDR program. 

Also if folks want to read what others have said about NECC 2013 check out Keep Light Photography and GuyJordan

Dave Cross did a talk called From Lightroom to Photoshop: Best of Both Worlds. As promised he posted his notes.

Well that’s all for today. Off to play with the other plug-ins in the NIK suite.

 

 

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