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Blufox Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Feb 2007Sun 24-Feb-13 12:31 AM
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"Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"


Nampa, US
          

I am thinking about doing more B&W photography and am wondering if there is any better option available than Nik Silver Efex Pro 2?

Thanks,
Larry

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walkerr Administrator Awarded for his con tributed articles published at the Resources Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in multiple areas Nikonian since 05th May 2002Sun 24-Feb-13 12:32 AM
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#1. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Colorado Springs, US
          

Not in my opinion. It's pretty much the best out there at the moment.

Rick Walker

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Blufox Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Feb 2007Sun 24-Feb-13 12:34 AM
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Nampa, US
          

>Not in my opinion. It's pretty much the best out there at
>the moment.

Thanks for the quick response, Rick!
Larry

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Nunodasilva Registered since 14th Jan 2014Fri 28-Feb-14 08:00 AM
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London, GB
          

>Not in my opinion. It's pretty much the best out there at
>the moment.

Totally agree, at the moment and for me there isn't anything that comes close to Nik for its quality and image processing.

  

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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Sun 24-Feb-13 04:54 AM
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#3. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Sun 24-Feb-13 04:56 AM by mklass

Tacoma, US
          

Take a look at the new onOne Perfect Photo Suite or just the Perfect B&W program. I've used Silver Efex for a few years, but Perfect B&W is pretty impressive. http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/perfect-bw/

There are 2 versions available, depending on your needs and workflow. And there is a free trial.

Mick
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Blufox Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Feb 2007Sun 24-Feb-13 12:25 PM
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Nampa, US
          

Thanks, Mick. I saw that last night during a web search, but have not looked into the details very much.

I use Viveza and like it, which prompted me to inquire about SEP2. I downloaded the trial, but ... it seems that I must have downloaded it in the past, because when I opened the program, it said that my trial had expired. Now I need to depend upon my memory to see if I like it ...
Larry

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Betty L Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Aug 2012Tue 26-Feb-13 01:58 AM
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#5. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Oklahoma City, US
          


I have Color Efex Pro 4, and have used the black and white conversion filter and really like it. There are several presets, but they can all be tweaked with sliders. This is a fine art image, originally done in color with texture overlay. I decided to try that finished product in b&w, and this is what I got.

Betty


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Blufox Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Feb 2007Tue 26-Feb-13 02:23 AM
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Nampa, US
          

Nice processing, Betty!

I ended up going with SEP2, and here is my first feeble attempt.



I have a lot to learn in this genre, as it has been many years since I last shot without color, but my initial thoughts are that this software is going to become very useful!
Larry

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Ineluki Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Aug 2011Tue 26-Feb-13 05:56 PM
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#7. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Nürnberg, DE
          

Very fine photo but it needs more contrast. This is very easy with SEP2.

Regards
Egbert

I have an example what you can do with Silver Efex Pro 2.


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Blufox Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Feb 2007Tue 26-Feb-13 06:07 PM
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#8. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Nampa, US
          

Thanks, Egbert; I will learn.

Nice image, by the way; excellent processing!
Larry

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Ineluki Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Aug 2011Tue 26-Feb-13 06:10 PM
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#9. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Nürnberg, DE
          

>Thanks, Egbert; I will learn.
>
>Nice image, by the way; excellent processing!
>Larry
>
>"Every moment in life is unique and will never be
>repeated. These are the moments that present the greatest
>opportunity for a photographer..."



Hi Larry,

may I play with your example?

Egbert

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Blufox Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Feb 2007Tue 26-Feb-13 06:14 PM
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Nampa, US
          

>may I play with your example?

Please do!
Larry

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Ineluki Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Aug 2011Wed 27-Feb-13 08:44 AM
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#12. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Nürnberg, DE
          

>>may I play with your example?
>
>Please do!
>Larry
>
Done
Increased the contrast in SEP2 und put the way out of centre. In the end sharpening with 65 percent. Hope you like it.

Egbert


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archivue Gold Member Nikonian since 26th Mar 2002Wed 27-Feb-13 02:00 PM
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#15. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Paris, FR
          

Yes, Ive been looking at that one and aftetr some quick testing finally bought the Photo Suite 7.1 for LR and Aperture (it stills works as a standalone though). Cheap enough and full of little things that can be useful from time to time




Jacques

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Ineluki Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Aug 2011Wed 27-Feb-13 02:14 PM
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#17. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Nürnberg, DE
          

>Yes, Ive been looking at that one and aftetr some quick
>testing finally bought the Photo Suite 7.1 for LR and Aperture
>(it stills works as a standalone though). Cheap enough and
>full of little things that can be useful from time to time
>
>
>
>
>
>Jacques

Bonjour Jacques,

I had photo suite 6 and jused it for a while. Black and white there is pretty fine but in my opinion not so good as Silver evex pro 2. Used this programme together with photoshop elements 11.

Egbert

btw: really great photos

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Blufox Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Feb 2007Wed 27-Feb-13 12:27 AM
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#11. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Nampa, US
          

The learning continues ...

This was taken outside in bright sunlight. In hindsight, I probably should have darkened the sun's reflection on her hair. Lots to learn ...



Larry

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Ineluki Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Aug 2011Wed 27-Feb-13 08:45 AM
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#13. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Nürnberg, DE
          

Very, very fine picture.

Egbert

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http://images.nikonians.org/galleries/showgallery.php/ppuser/401509/cat/500/

  

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Blufox Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Feb 2007Wed 27-Feb-13 11:13 AM
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#14. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Nampa, US
          

Thanks, Egbert, both for the 're-do' as well as the comment on my simple portrait of my daughter!

Question (not related to SEP): how do you post a larger image in the forum from the gallery? When I select the 'link for gallery', it comes out small?
Larry

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Ineluki Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Aug 2011Wed 27-Feb-13 02:02 PM
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#16. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Nürnberg, DE
          

>Thanks, Egbert, both for the 're-do' as well as the comment
>on my simple portrait of my daughter!
>
>Question (not related to SEP): how do you post a larger image
>in the forum from the gallery? When I select the 'link for
>gallery', it comes out small?
>Larry
>
Hi, Larry

Every picture here linked to the gallery is that small.

Egbert

www.allmondo.com

http://images.nikonians.org/galleries/showgallery.php/ppuser/401509/cat/500/

  

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jgrobitaille Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Feb 2014Fri 28-Feb-14 07:40 PM
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#19. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Fri 28-Feb-14 07:41 PM by jgrobitaille

Boucherville, CA
          

I also work with Silver Effex Pro. But some talk about Topaz as beeing very good. Maybe worth having a look.
http://www.topazlabs.com/store

John.

  

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PBlais Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Jan 2014Tue 01-Apr-14 01:08 AM
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#20. "RE: Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 - Is There Anything Better?"
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Hayes, US
          

I use the whole Nik package and Silver Effex Pro is the one out of the whole NIK set I love the most. It seems to have a nice natural flow to using it. Start with a basic canned template and adjust to fit then save it as your own for later. It just seems out of the standard templates I move in a good direction and can adapt the way I want it.

All these tools take some getting used to and learn but this is the one out of the set that just seemed to hit me right. It's just tone mapping but how you approach it gets your brain in a good direction that you suddenly see how it is supposed to end up.

It's free to try. Even Lightroom can do a lot too but I tend to use light room first then go to the NIK tools then on to Adobe CC. Adobe CC now has the better sharpening tool.

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