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Nik Sharpener Pro 3: How to achieve razor sharp images (The Lightweight Photographer Books) [Kindle Edition]

Robin Whalley , Martin Hellewell
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Book Description

This book covers Nik Sharpener Pro 3.

A significant but often overlooked element of how we impress others with our photography is image sharpness. It used to be that your images just needed to be in focus but this is no longer sufficient in today’s digital world. Your images need to be razor sharp and packed with detail, whether displayed on the screen or in print. Without the correct level of sharpness your work will just fail to impress and blend into a sea of mediocre photography.

Effective and correct sharpening will reveal the true beauty of your images. Fine detail will become evident, giving your photographs depth and realism. You can even use sharpness (and blurring) as a tool to control how people examine and perceive your images. By sharpening your images properly you can add an extra dimension of interest for those viewing your photography.

But how do you go about correctly sharpening your images without adding too much? This book provides answers using Nik’s superb Sharpener Pro tools.

You will learn:

How to use the Nik tools as part of a comprehensive, industrial strength sharpening workflow to achieve super sharp images with minimal problems.

The difference between the RAW Pre-sharpener and Output Sharpener tools, which to use in what circumstances and how to avoid introducing problems through incorrect sharpening.

Selective blurring and sharpening techniques to influence subconsciously the viewer’s perception of your work.

How to apply the correct level of sharpening for output to print or for screen display.

How to use all the elements of the Sharpener Pro interface to make your adjustments easier and quicker.
How to understand common sharpening problems and avoid them.

And there is more, all backed up by two full comprehensive case studies for which you can download high resolution images to practise your new skills.

This is a comprehensive 25,000-word guide supported by 128 illustrations. It is designed to help the beginner and intermediate level user of Nik Sharpener Pro gain maximum benefit from this tool and use it to bring out the detail and beauty hidden in your images.

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More About the Author

Robin is a Landscape Photographer with a passion for software, image editing and compact camera systems. He has been honing his photography skills since 2000 starting first with film before moving quickly embracing digital. Whilst he is not known as a professional photographer, his work has been published and sold around the world. He has appeared in exhibitions including The Landscape Photographer of the Year and been published in the popular UK photographic press. He now often speaks at Camera Clubs and Photographic Societies throughout the North West of England where he likes to share his insights into how to create better quality photography.

Robin's photography can be viewed on his Lenscraft website ( where he also provides videos and tutorials to help others improve their photography and editing skills. His latest thoughts and investigations can be read on his popular blog The Lightweight Photographer (

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Jun. 2014
By Crusty
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I originally bought the Nik plugin package solely for Silver Efex Pro and then - when seeing there were other options that I might use - I got this kindle book as well as its companions, thinking that I would possibly get round to using at some time. Then the online course that I am undertaking started to introduce sharpening in one of the modules and I took the plunge of investing time - given a good initial experience with the companion Silver Efex Pro book.
.........How pleased I am with the time investment.........
The book is simple and fits in well with the previous read, with style and layout being familiar.
My first attempt, albeit clumsy in comparison to the excellent included worked examples was simply stunning. The 24MB landscape holiday image that was well focused, with a sensible histogram and pleasing "in-camera" result, (which I felt pretty proud of upon capture - you can just tell can't you!) was transformed into a sharp, almost 3D-like picture - and a quantum leap in quality - and all done at the airport on my laptop whilst waiting through the 2 hour weather delay for my flight.
An easy, but succinct, read, well worth the small investment of money and will be referred to frequently in the months to come as clumsy attempts become more refined. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it. 14 Jan. 2014
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Sharpener Pro3 is somewhat dry reading but we'll worth reading cover to cover. Free of waffle and logically laid out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nik Sharpener Pro 3 - an absolute bargain 21 Dec. 2013
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This is an excellent book at a bargain price. It gives full explanations of all aspects of sharpening theory and practice to use of the tools in Nik Sharpener Pro 3 in easy to understand language. This book should be on every Niksoft owners reading device. Thank you Robin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide. 5 Aug. 2014
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Excellently written. Great reading it on on my playbook. The section on the difference between sharpening for screen and output was invaluable. Thanks
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but overdone 20 Jun. 2014
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The Nik Sharpener Pro 3 software works fine, is easy use like many of the other NIK software packages (silver Efex, define, color Efex etc). I bought the color Efex book by the same author and it is much better. Effectively, there is not too much to discover in the NIK sharpener pro package that justifies the need for a book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Usual standard 11 Jun. 2014
By seaside
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A very useful book up to Robin's usual standard, great support for a great photo editing app by Nik (Google).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read! 16 Mar. 2014
By David
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If you have or are getting NIK softwear you need to read this book as the author has a fantastic teaching ability.
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