Google Nik Collection review

Verdict: It’s now free, amazingly, and you can download the Google Nik Collection here. But is it any good? Mostly, yes. Dfine and Sharpener Pro look weak and dated and Viveza is a bit of a one-trick pony, but Analog Efex Pro, … Continue reading Google Nik Collection review

Silver Efex Pro tutorial

Try out this Silver Efex Pro tutorial for subtle black and white portrait effects

Successful black and white photography sometimes gets its power from strong contrasts and graphic shapes, and sometimes it relies on subtlety and control. Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro, now taken over by Google, can do both. In principle, you should … Continue reading Try out this Silver Efex Pro tutorial for subtle black and white portrait effects

Silver Efex Pro Structure tool

How to bring out textures with the Silver Efex Pro Structure slider

The Structure tool is one of Silver Efex Pro’s secret weapons. It helps to give black and white images that indefinable ‘bite’ that we’re always trying to recapture with our digital images. You can think of the Silver Efex Pro … Continue reading How to bring out textures with the Silver Efex Pro Structure slider

Nik Software Silver Efex Pro edge burning

Use edge burning to enhance your composition in Silver Efex Pro 2

Burning in the edges of your pictures is a great way to enhance the composition because it improves the picture’s overall contrast and helps you concentrate attention on the picture’s focal point. The point is that converting your pictures to … Continue reading Use edge burning to enhance your composition in Silver Efex Pro 2