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Nik® Software HDR Efex Pro™ After the Shoot

Book Description

A concise, on-the-go guide to the new HDR Efex Pro imaging toolkit for photographers

Now that you've gone mobile and HDR, you want to be able to download and enhance your favorite photos on the run, without having to return to the mother ship (i.e., your desktop computer). This book shows you just how to do that using the amazing HDR Efex Pro, the image editing toolset from Nik Software. In brilliant color and using plenty of show-stopping examples, this practical guide explains all tools and features. Follow numbered steps and you'll soon be handling things like alignment, ghosting control, highlights, and contrast just like a professional photographer.

  • Shows you how to use the tools and features of HDR Efex Pro, the revolutionary imaging tool from Nik Software that allows you to create the dramatic High Dynamic Range look from a single image and enables both realistic and artistic effects within a single tool

  • Gets photographers quickly up to speed using easy-to-follow, numbered steps

  • Covers advanced alignment and ghosting control; shadow and highlight detailing; color, contrast, and vignette controls; and more

  • Features gorgeous, full-color examples to illustrate techniques

Take your photography skills to new levels with the exciting new HDR Efex Pro and this must-have guide.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Author
  5. Credits
  6. Dedication
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Contents
  9. Introduction
    1. The reader
    2. HDR Efex Pro v1.2
    3. Mac or Windows?
    4. Final words
  10. 1: Understanding HDR Imaging
    1. What Is HDR Imaging?
    2. When Do You Use HDR Imaging?
  11. 2: Getting Started with HDR Efex Pro
    1. Overview of the Workflow
    2. System Requirements
    3. Installation
    4. Adjusting Preferences
  12. 3: Opening Images in HDR Efex Pro
    1. Image Input Requirements
    2. Opening Images from Adobe Lightroom
    3. Opening Images from Adobe Bridge
    4. Opening Images from Adobe Photoshop
    5. Opening Images from Apple Aperture
    6. Choosing a Workflow to Open Images
  13. 4: Working with Presets
    1. Prebuilt Presets
    2. Custom Presets
    3. Importing Presets
  14. 5: Adjusting Dynamic Range with Tone Compression
    1. Understanding Tone Compression
    2. Adjusting Tone Compression
  15. 6: Selecting an HDR Method
    1. Understanding HDR Methods
    2. HDR Method Types
    3. Bright Textures HDR Method
  16. 7: Making Global Adjustments to the HDR Image
    1. The Global Adjustments Section
    2. Adjusting Exposure
    3. Adjusting Contrast
    4. Adjusting Saturation
    5. Adjusting Structure
    6. Adjusting Blacks
    7. Adjusting Whites
    8. Adjusting Warmth
  17. 8: Working with Control Points
    1. Selective Editing with the U Point Tool
    2. Adding a Single Control Point
    3. Expanding and Collapsing a Control Point
    4. Previewing a Control Point
    5. Adding Multiple Control Points
    6. Deleting a Control Point
  18. 9: Applying Local Corrections with Control Points
    1. Local Corrections Overview
    2. Adjusting Exposure
    3. Adjusting Contrast
    4. Adjusting Saturation
    5. Adjusting Structure
    6. Adjusting Blacks
    7. Adjusting Whites
    8. Adjusting Warmth
    9. Adjusting Method Strength
    10. Putting It All Together
  19. 10: Finalizing the Image
    1. Adding a Vignette
    2. Adjusting Levels and Curves
    3. Checking the Image Before Saving
    4. Saving Your HDR Image
  20. 11: When Things Go Wrong
    1. Dealing with Alignment Issues
    2. Dealing with Ghosting
    3. Dealing with Noise
    4. Dealing with Color Fringing
    5. Dealing with Digital Artifacts
    6. Dealing with Halos
  21. Appendix A: Keyboard Shortcuts
  22. Appendix B: Presets
  23. Glossary
  24. Index