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Turning Day Into Night with Color Efex Pro 4

Creepy! I created this image by using multiple filter effects in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4. Read on to see the step by-step instructions. Click to see a larger image.

I created this image using multiple filters in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4. The following article is an excerpt from The Photographer’s Guide to Color Efex Pro 4, where you can find many more recipes for creating unique image styles and 29 custom preset files. I’ve provided a download link at the end of this article if you want to try the “moonlight” recipe described in the text. Continue reading Turning Day Into Night with Color Efex Pro 4

End of Year Sale: Save 15% off all eBooks and Videos through Dec. 31st

I’m offering all educational books and videos for 15% off through December 31st, 2012. Simply visit the Luminescence of Nature Press shop and use code Endof2012 at checkout to apply the discount.

eBooks include:

  • The Photographer’s Guide to Capture NX2
  • Black & White with Capture NX2
  • The Photographer’s Guide to Color Efex Pro 4
  • The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2
  • The Photographer’s Guide to Silver Efex Pro 2
  • Field Notes: A Photographic Journey
  • The Photographer’s Guide to Digital Landscapes

Videos include:

  • Mastering HDR Efex Pro 2
  • Mastering Silver Efex Pro 2
  • Layers of Creativity: Going Beyond Realism with Photoshop and Nik Plug-ins
  • Sharpening Techniques for Capture NX2
  • Capture NX2 Companion Video Set

Bundles are also discounted!

Just click the “Bundle Savings” tab at Luminescence of Nature Press to see packages… and your 15% off coupon works on them, too!

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Reader Reviews of The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2

With HDR Efex Pro 2, you can produce fine-art high dynamic range images. The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2 will teach you every trick and tip for maximizing your HDR experience.

I’ve been getting lots of feedback on my latest digital photography book, The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2. I’m flattered by the comments and blog reviews. Thanks to everyone for your comments and reviews!

Feedback and Reviews of The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2, by Jason P. Odell

Nikon Pro Deborah Sandidge had this to say in her blog review: “Whether you want to create surrealist, illustrative, or realistic photos, Dr. Odell will walk you through the steps for attaining beautiful HDR imagery.”

Dave writes: “Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 is my first venture into HDR software.  I was looking for some help in understanding and using the software and I turned to “The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2″ e-book.  Every function is thoroughly explained with suggestions as to how to apply them.  I found the step by step techniques for tone-mapping to be extremely helpful.  A very good source for reducing the learning curve of HDR Efex Pro 2.  I would rate this book as highly recommended.”

Linda writes: “Wonderful job on your Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2; I’m really enjoying it.  Prior to your ebook and the 40 presets, I wasn’t that satisfied with the software as my images, while looking realistic, seemed flat.  Thanks to your 40 presets I’m now loving the program and it has become my go-to HDR software for landscapes.  The presets are most helpful in getting me to a good starting point from which I can then tweak a bit for my individual image.  The presets alone are well worth the price of the ebook.  They let me see better the interaction of the different sliders. Thanks again for the great ebook and presets.”

Nick Roberts posted a comprehensive review of The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2: “If you are looking for a great book on NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 then by all means get this one you won’t be sorry.”

Download The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2 today and experience the best of HDR.

The Complete Guide to Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2.0

Introducing The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2, a complete reference for Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2.0 plug-in for Lightroom, Photoshop, and Aperture.

I’m pleased to announce the immediate release of my latest book, The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2. I have completely re-written my original guide to cover the latest version of Nik Software’s amazing HDR tone-mapping plug-in. In this printable PDF guide, I’ll cover everything inside HDR Efex Pro 2 so that you’ll learn how to create amazing HDR images quickly and easily. You also get 40 custom HDR tone-mapping presets that are compatible with HDR Efex Pro 2.0. This book is over 200 pages of reference material and fine-art creative instruction that will set you on your way to making unique HDR images.

Topics include:

  • Camera settings for perfect HDR exposure sequences
  • Post-processing RAW files for HDR
  • How to launch HDR Efex Pro 2 from Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop, and as a stand-alone program
  • Alignment and ghost-reduction tools
  • HDR Method controls and image adjustment tools
  • Control Points and selective adjustments
  • Finishing effects and the new Graduated Neutral Density tool
  • Working with presets
  • Realistic HDR Settings
  • Hyper-Realistic HDR Settings
  • Artistic HDR Settings including grunge, bleach color, and old film styles
  • Monochrome HDR Settings, including selective black & white
  • Advanced creative techniques with Photoshop

Over 20 step by-step examples of HDR tone-mapping

I walk you through over 20 different examples of HDR tone-mapping with full color screen-shots.

In this book, I’ll walk you through the creation of more than 20 examples of HDR image processing, covering a wide range of natural and artistic styles. Each example includes step by-step screenshots to show you the exact settings I used to make each image. I’ll also show you advanced techniques with Photoshop layers for creating even more interesting creative images. Along with my examples, I give you 40 of my custom preset files that you can load into your copy of HDR Efex Pro 2 to get you started making HDR images.

Ordering Information

The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2 is available here.

Ebook viewing System Requirements

Mac or PC with Adobe Reader 7.0 or later
iPad with iBooks or GoodReader*
eReader or tablet with PDF reader software*

The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2 is delivered via download in ZIP archive format. Because this product includes supplemental files, it is not possible to download the book directly to a tablet. Download the ZIP archive to your computer, and then transfer the book PDF file to your iPad or reader tablet via the sync utility (iPad users can use iTunes).

See all of Jason’s guides to Nik Software and Nikon digital products

Add Some Color (Efex) to Your Summer Sale

Now through Sunday, July 22nd, you can save 20% off my complete guide to Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 plug-in. This guide has nearly 300 pages of information, including step by-step examples of how to add multiple filter effects to create unique processing effects.

Use code CEPSummer1 to get your discount in the Luminescence of Nature Press online shop.

Save 15% on all Nik Software plug-ins (USA/Canada)