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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Solutions: Nik HDR Efex Pro 2


Finer control and more functionality in the new version of this popular software

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• Full White-Balance Control. Take full advantage of the white balance in an image with a new Tint slider, which along with the Temperature slider, can be applied both globally as well as selectively using U Point Technology.

• History Browser. Easily review adjustments and different HDR looks via the History Browser, which records every enhancement used in an editing session.

• Extended Language Support. International users benefit by the addition of Brazilian Portuguese and Chinese (simplified and traditional) to a list of languages that includes English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese.

The new HDR Efex Pro 2 is most welcome for its ability to exercise finer control over the images to create more natural effects. Most photographers get into trouble with HDR when they start
to make big adjustments across the whole photo.

Ghosting—seeing something move in the image because it moved in each frame of the HDR capture sequence—is one of the most objectionable artifacts in an HDR image. In the original HDR Efex Pro, ghosting reduction was automated, leaving the photographer no control. In the new version of the software, you can reference a specific capture, and freeze the motion from that capture and apply it to the overall image. You also can decide by how much you want to reduce the ghosting or if you want to eliminate it completely.

This is just one of the features in the new version of HDR Efex Pro 2 that we find useful. Look for more coverage of the technology and more how-to articles on the effective and subtle use of HDR in coming issues.

For more information about HDR Efex Pro 2, visit Nik Software at www.niksoftware.com.

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