I thought I might do something a little different with my Lake District pictures, so I have decided to have a little side project…an experiment with Nik Silver Efex Pro. I have a bit of a passion for monochrome images, and the hype about the Nik product has not passed me by.
What had passed me by was that the company do a free 15 day trial, as I think they do with all of their products.
So what better way to display my arsenal of Lake District imagery than by putting them through the Nik software?
There is a slightly more serious, dare I say useful and maybe even informative element to this.
The (long windedly named) Nik Silver Efex Pro is expensive. $200 or £130-ish of the Queens pounds is a lot of money. In fact it is more than twice what I paid for Photoshop Elements. And Elements has various monochrome functions within it.
In short this program has 15 days to convince me that it is worth the expenditure, over and above what is already included in the Photoshop package I already own.
So my plan is as follows.
Use the program as much as I possibly can and not just with the Lake District images. In short I shall probably be spamming this blog with just about everything I edit through the Nik software. But the aim is to either redo older images that I already have put through Elements or after the 15 days are up re-edit the Lakes pictures via Elements.
Then compare and contrast.
Hopefully that will give me a decent sized collection of pictures, from these (hopefully) I can develop an opinion on whether or not I feel the $200 is justified.
And of course, the acid test…do I purchase it?
Obviously 15 days will essentially only allow me to scratch the surface of Nik Silver (I think I may get bored typing that name out often, I think it will be henceforth be known as Nikky), but we shall see what happens.
Does anybody reading this use Nikky? Anyone have thoughts, opinions or tips and tricks?
Thanks for reading.