Nik Software Upgrades Silver Efex Pro

Version 2 Adds Features to Photoshop, Lightroom & Aperture Plug-In

Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 boxshot for blogToday Nik Software announced the upgrade version of Silver Efex Pro 2. According to the press release, Silver Efex Pro is, “widely regarded by photographers as the leading black-and-white software solution on the market today.” Yours truly thinks it’s a great program so I guess I’m one of those photographers the release is talking about.
Silver Efex Pro 2 brings new features to the program that offer even more control over detail, contrast, and tonality, making it easier than ever to transform color photographs into stunning black-and-white images.
New features: History Browser, Dynamic Brightness, Amplify Blacks, Amplify Whites, Soft Contrast, Fine Structure, Image Borders, and selective colorization, in addition to speed and quality improvements.
Silver Efex Pro 2 also utilitzes Nik’s proprietary U Point technology, which makes selective editing easy, without the need for layer masks or complicated selections.
Silver Efex Pro 2 installs as a 32-bit and 64-bit plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop CS4 or later, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.6 or later (Windows and Macintosh) or Apple Aperture 2.1.4 or later (Macintosh). According to Nik Software, Silver Efex Pro 2 is the first program from the company to take advantage of the latest graphics processing units.
Silver Efex Pro 2 will be available next month. MSRP is $199.95. Upgrades from the first version are $99.95. For more information visit

— D.B.


Nik Software Ships HDR Efex Pro

Nik Software has begun shipping HDR Efex Pro, a completely new High Dynamic Range (HDR) solution designed to help photographers quickly and easily achieve a full spectrum of HDR enhancements.

Nik Software’s proprietary U Point technology is also incorporated into HDR Efex Pro, providing precise selective fine-tuning of images without the need for complicated selections or layer masks.

The software also gives photographers the ability to create dramatic HDR images from a single exposure; which is ideal for subjects that don’t lend themselves to multiple exposures, or for reprocessing previously captured single images.

HDR Efex Pro installs as a 64-bit plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS4 (Windows only) and CS5 (Windows and Mac), and as a 32-bit and 64-bit plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 or later (Windows and Macintosh) or Apple Aperture 2.1 or later (Mac).

MSRP for HDR Efex Pro is $159.95.

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For our original post on the product announcement, click here.

— D.B.


Nik Software Announces HDR Efex Pro Plug-In

HDR_Efex_Pro_Boxforweb for announcement articleNik Software today announced HDR Efex Pro, a completely new HDR imaging toolkit designed to help photographers quickly and easily achieve the full spectrum of HDR enhancements from the realistic to artistic.

High dynamic range or HDR photography is the process whereby you capture multiple exposures of a scene or subject (over- and under-exposing), and then align and merge them to generate a single image that enables a much wider range of colors, highlights, and shadows. According to Nik Software, HDR Efex Pro overcomes limitations in other software tools with a revolutionary all-in-one approach that enables both realistic and artistic effects to be applied within a single tool.

The plug-in is ideal for both pro and amateur photographers. HDR Efex Pro gives you single-click HDR imaging with categorized style presets, precise selective fine-tuning using Nik Software’s proprietary U Point technology, advanced alignment and ghost reduction, full access to shadow and highlight details, and new tone mapping algorithms. Color, contrast, and vignette controls enable you to further enhance your images to create amazing results.

HDR Efex Pro also lets you create the dramatic HDR look from a single image. This feature enables you to reprocess images in which either an exposure series was not previously shot or for subject matter that does not lend itself to multiple exposures, such as portraits or moving water.

Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro plug-in works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Apple Aperture. HDR Efex Pro installs as a 32-bit or 64-bit plug-in for Photoshop CS3 or later, Lightroom 2.3 or later, or Aperture 2.1 or later.

Screenshot of an image in Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro. Image courtesy Nik Software.

The plug-in will be available in Q4 in both boxed delivery from photo specialty retailers select online and national resellers (complete list of Nik Software resellers may be found at and electronic download from the company’s website . MSRP for HDR Efex Pro is $159.95.

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— Diane Berkenfeld


Long Island Photo Workshop Announces Instructors for Summer 2010

The Long Island Photo Workshop has announced its list of classes for the August 2-5, 2010 dates. This year’s classes and instructors are: The Power of Light with Tony Corbell, Professional Digital Imaging: Photoshop CS5 for Professionals being taught by Gary Small, “Paint Like a Master” with Corel Painter to be taught by Fay Sirkis, Light is the Greatest Influence being taught by Dave Black, and Professional Polish—Creating Your Signature Style with Janice Wendt.

The Long Island Photo Workshop is a Winona affiliate and PPA affiliate school, so if you’re a PPA member and attend, you will receive 2 merits for your attendance. The LIPW will be held at the Sheraton Long Island Hotel, in Smithtown, N.Y.

For more information about the Long Island Photo Workshop, go to the website

The Power of Light

Understanding and controlling light quality is at the core of all of Tony’s presentations. You will learn how to see a unique perspective and not be afraid to push the limits of your experience and talents. Tony is a master of lighting and seeing light. Tony will discuss all types of lighting and tools in depth. Lighting applications will include additive, subtractive, reflective and transmission. Tony will show attendees how spending a few extra moments at the time of capture can save you hours in post-production making corrections.

Photographs © Tony Corbell

Tony Corbell. Photo by Bambi Cantrell

Tony Corbell is senior manager, product education and planning for Nik Software. During his career, he has had the honor of photographing three U.S. presidents, 185 world leaders, 65 Nigerian heads of state, about 600 brides and grooms, a couple of NASA astronauts and scores of famous and not so famous faces since 1979. He has spoken at over 450 seminars and workshops around the world.

Tony has received the WPPI Lifetime Achievement Award, the Photographer of the Year award from the IPC, and is one of only 40 worldwide members of the Camera Craftsmen of America. He has also been a published author, has written articles for major photo magazines, and has had his new Location Lighting DVD produced by Software Cinema.

Oh, and he’s [supposedly] the biggest Beatles fan alive!

Light is the Greatest Influence

This workshop class will center around light and how photographers can best use it to define their subject and capture the viewer’s attention, using off-camera flash and Light Painting.

Photographs © Dave Black

Dave Black

Dave Black has been a freelance photographer for more than 30 years, and he is best known for his sports photography, featured in Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Time, ESPN and other publications, however he is a true master of light and has photographed many other subjects during his career.

Dave is also well known for his artistic Light Painting. Dave has been a teacher and guest lecturer since 1986. His monthly website tutorial pages – “Workshop at the Ranch” and BEST of On the Road” attract over 85,000 unique visitors monthly. Last year he released The Way I See It …50 One Page Workshops, an instructional coffee table book.

Paint Like a Master

Attendees will learn how to use Photoshop and Corel Painter 11 to transform their images into paintings that replicate the former Master Painters such as Rembrandt, Money, Norman Rockwell and Picasso. Learning to interpret high key portraits to be painted as watercolors and low key images as classical portraiture for the look of heirloom canvas oil paintings.

Photographs © Fay Sirkis

Photographs © Fay Sirkis

Fay Sirkis

Fay will share her signature style of blending an image, and the new digital “brushes” she has created that replicate the brush strokes of the Old Masters. Students will receive some of these brushes as files to keep. In addition to discussing retouching in Photoshop, applying and blending paints in Painter, and the final printing process, Fay will also offer tips for marketing these photographic works of art.

Fay Sirkis has spoken across the U.S. and Europe. She is a NY-based contemporary digital artist and photographer, with a background in traditional fine art. Fay is a Painter Master, is on the advisory council of Corel Painter, and is also a Canon Print Master. She is part of the “Dream Team” Instructors who teach at NAPP’s Photoshop World Conferences. Fay is known for her teaching methods which simplify the learning curve for students.

Professional Digital Imaging: Photoshop CS5

If you’ve wanted to enhance your knowledge of Photoshop, increase your productivity and learn real-world production time savers, this is the class for you. In addition to tips, tricks, color management and other techniques, you will also learn the nuances to the just released, latest version of Photoshop CS5. Photoshop Lightroom and its use in the digital workflow will also be discussed.

Photographs © Gary Small

Photographs © Gary Small

Gary Small

Gary Small has been a professional photographer since 1979 and has been working with Photoshop since the early versions of the program. Gary was the first person in New York state and only the seventh in the country to receive the PP of A ‘Certified in Electronic Imaging’ (CEI) designation. In addition to running a studio, Gary also conducts private tutoring and consulting on color management, Photoshop and more. He has also been a beta tester of numerous software programs and photographic products over the years.

Gary’s photo may look familiar to regular visitors of, he’s our resident digital imaging, Adobe Photoshop, Photodex Proshow Producer, and color management Guru and regular contributor to our website. Prior to his work on, he was a regular contributor to and Studio & Location Photography magazine.

Professional Polish—Creating Your Signature Style

Want to turn your images from good to great? Ever wonder how top photographers get awesome, edgy images? Want to take your work to the next level? This class will learn the secrets to creative, subtle image enhancements that save you time. As someone who knows Nik Software inside and out, Janice will help students get the most out of each of the company’s programs: Nik Color Efex Pro, Nik Sharpener Pro, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro and Nikon Capture NX2.

(l.) Before (r.) After. Photographs © Janice Wendt.

(l.) Before (r.) After. Photographs © Janice Wendt.

Janice Wendt. Photo by Joseph & Louise Simone

Janice Wendt is Nik Software’s Channel Sales Manager, leading authority and ambassador, as well as often “training the trainers” on various techniques in digital imaging. She is a commercial and portrait photographer with over 25 years of experience. She also regularly gives lectures and seminars within the educational community.


New course just added to the August 2-5 session of the Long Island Photo Workshop!

Weddings with Passion and Fashion

Martin C. Grahame-Dunn has just been added as the sixth instructor for the August 2-5, 2010 session of the Long Island Photo Workshop. The course is entitled Weddings with Passion and Fashion. Developing your own style becomes your USP or Unique Selling Proposition. In this course you will learn how you can become the photographer you wish to be.

martin grahame-dunn photos

Photographs © Martin C. Grahame-Dunn

Martin C. Grahame-Dunn portrait

Martin C. Grahame-Dunn

Martin, based in Warwick, England has been a photographer for more than 30 years, producing work in the genres of wedding, commercial, industrial, advertising, editorial, fashion, portraiture, and more.

— Diane Berkenfeld