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Nik Software No Longer Supported, Now What?

I’ve been hearing a lot of this lately….  Google has announced they will no longer support the Nik Suite!  What am I going to do?  What software is there that will replace this?  How will I do this or how will I do that?  HOW WILL I SURVIVE WITHOUT NIK SILVER EFEX!!!???

Okay, look,  I too was disappointed with the announcement for a minute. Did it ruin my day? No. Will it affect my photography? No. Will my images suffer? No. If you think the loss of Nik software will affect your images, take a deep breath, breathe….  Maybe, this will force you to finally learn about Luminosity Making and use it! It is awesome! Maybe you’ll find an even better way to convert your b&w images!  Maybe there is an even better tool than Tonal Contrast.  Maybe, you will start to focus more on your vision, composition and image capture than your processing.  And maybe, just maybe, your work will get better without Nik!

 

 

All sarcasm aside, please don’t use the loss of software as an excuse.  Rather, embrace the opportunity to learn something new. Dig out the software package you purchased, but, never really explored because you loved Nik so much. MacPhun has Luminar and just released its beta version for Windows Users.  Topaz has a plethora of tools including their new Studio product.  Alien Skin has Exposure X2 and On1 has Photo Raw.  Each of them have wonderful tools that will help you craft your images. I used to use Silver Efex exclusively for my b&w work. After learning how Chuck Kimmerle and Cole Thompson process their work, I now use Lightroom and then go into Photoshop where I use selections along with dodging and burning techniques.  I like the b&w work I am producing now better than when I was using Silver Efex Pro.  I used to use Tonal Contrast from Nik a lot. It was my goto tool. Now I use Topaz Clarity or Topaz Detail 3 and am totally satisfied with the results I’m getting. Embrace the opportunity!

 

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BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

Yup, it is that time again, so here are the deals I recommend and there are some really good ones!

Have you been waiting to pull the trigger on the Topaz Complete Collection? NOW is the time, with 50% off utill Nov 30th. Follow this link http://bit.ly/1FkCnpJ and use the code BLACKFRIDAY16 at checkout. This makes the entire collection, all 17 programs, including the amazing new Texture Effects, just $250! And, if you already own any Topaz products, you will get 50% off of your already discounted upgrade path! Simply log into your Topaz account and follow the path to upgrade and use the same code. This is a no brainer.

FLYPAPER TEXTURES – Until the end of the month click this link and then use the code briefly to get your 25% discount on any of their wonderful textures.  

PERFECTLY CLEAR –   Click this link to get Perfectly Clear Complete for $99!

TOTALLY RAD This sale ends tonight.  50% off of any of their software with the code HOLIDAY2016.  Their film looks are very good.  Dirty Pictures is still a great program, especially if you don’t need all of the extra’s in Topaz Texture Effects.  And, at $29 it is practically free!

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The Silhouettes From the Hideout Ranch – Topaz Webinar

The Wranglers at the ranch were amazing. For the first shot, we were photographing in the other direction, however,  when I looked behind me to see what the sky was doing, Daniel and Ramon were sitting there waiting for us to recognize the wonderful photo op they set up. The others were done in situations where we specifically set up the possibility of silhouettes.  Such fun!

The recorded version of my most recent Topaz Webinar is available to watch here.

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Topaz Webinar Follow-up – Discount code

Thank you, to the almost 2,000 people that signed up for my Topaz Webinar on Tuesday afternoon. From the feedback, it seems to have been successful. My friends at Topaz have made the special webinar discount code available to share on my blog. If you want to save 30% on any Topaz products including the new Impression (which I love) or the full suite, use the code barclayweb13 at check out. The discount code is only valid through Saturday, November 1st.

The blog image below from Childs Park in PA, is one where I used Topaz Clarity in my demo. Clarity allowed me to add subtle local contrast adding “pop” to this image. It also gave me the ability to add vibrance and saturation to the colors making them look as I recall when shooting it.

 

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Thank you!

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Thank you to those who attended my Topaz Webinar yesterday. Just a reminder that you can save 30% on anything in your CART by using the code barclayweb12 at checkout. Or you can save 50% if you are just buying Topaz Adjust by using the code barclayadjust. 30% off of the entire suite of plug-ins is a really great deal. The codes are only valid through 9-1-14 so don’t miss out.

The blog image is from one of our favorite stops in the Palouse! We call it Auntie Em’s house.

 

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Topaz Clarity is here!

Topaz Clarity is here.  Click this link and use the code claritynew to get it for $29.99 (regular price will be $49.99)  through May 31st.      The image below is from Fonthill, some of Henry Mercer’s wonderful tile work.  Processed with Topaz Clarity and Detail 3.  As I said in my last preview post about Clarity, its gonna be a game changer.  Good stuff!  Way to go Topaz.

 

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