With all the money photographers spend on expensive DSLR’s, high quality lenses and filters (yes, some people still use filters) and traveling to exotic locations, there isn’t a whole lot of the green stuff left for software purchases. Thankfully, Nik Software just reduced the price of the Nik Collection by Google of Lightroom/Photoshop/Aperture plug-ins to a remarkably affordable $149. I paid $499 for the Complete Collection a few years ago and then another $149 for HDR Efex Pro, so my total investment in the software is right at $650. The new Nik Collection by Google includes HDR Efex Pro 2, as well as all the other killer plug-ins, for $149. I could be bitter but honestly, I’m not. I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of the plug-ins and I think it’s awesome that the price is now so reasonable that there is virtually no reason not to make the investment. What’s that? $149 still a bit too rich? Okay, fine – click the following link and you’ll get 15% off, bringing the total cost to $126. Nik Collection by Google for $126 Be sure to use coupon code BEDGE for the discounted rate.
For the uninitiated, here’s a list of the plug-ins included in the Nik Collection by Google and how I use each one:
Viveza 2 – I use this one on every image I process. It allows you to easily adjust color, saturation, tonality, contrast and more globally or locally without using complicated masks in Photoshop.
Color Efex Pro 4 – This is a collection of digital filters that allow you to easily make creative edits to your images. I use the tonal contrast, brilliance/warmth and foliage filters on a regular basis.
Silver Efex Pro 2 – Powerful black and white conversion plug-in that’s super easy to use. Every single b&w image in my portfolio was created with SEP2, including the one at the top of this post.
Sharpener Pro 3 – This plug-in makes it easy to perfectly sharpen your images for web or print. Seriously easy to use with killer results.
Dfine 2 – Noise reduction software that keeps details crisp while reducing unwanted noise. Today’s DSLR’s are so good that I don’t use this often but I’m glad it’s in the arsenal.
HDR Efex Pro 2 – HDR software that’s powerful but easy to use for realistic HDR images. I mostly do manual exposure blends when I need to expand dynamic range but if you’re into HDR, this is an excellent piece of software.
Seriously, if you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to invest in Nik Software plug-ins, this is the push you need. I don’t know if this is a limited time sale or if it’s a new permanent pricing structure but it’s certainly a great value for some great software.