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Plug in with Nik: A Photographer's Guide to Creating Dynamic Images with Nik Software [Paperback]

John Batdorff
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Book Description

16 Jan 2013
Extend your photographic vision and harness the full power of Nik's Plug-In Suite (now re-branded as the Nik Collection by Google) with this beautifully illustrated guide that covers the full plug-in suite: Dfine 2.0, Viveza 2, HDR Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition, Silver Efex Pro 2, and Sharpener Pro 3.0. Pro photographer John Batdorff provides easy-to-follow instructions for processing and enhancing your landscapes, portraits, and streetscapes with Nik from start to finish.

Nik Collection by Google offers precise and natural enhancements without complicated selections or masks. John includes the benefits of each plug-in and how to incorporate each one in your workflow, whether you use Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture, to create more dynamic photographs.

In this guide you will learn to: recognize and reduce digital noise using Dfine; fine-tune your color images using Global and Selective adjustments in Viveza; combine existing presets; understand key adjustments for creating HDR images; and create your own presets in Silver Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro, and Color Efex Pro.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (16 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321839773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321839770
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 17.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Batdorff is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer who splits his time between Chicago and Montana. He is the author of Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Nikon D7000: From Snapshots to Great Shots and a coauthor of Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots. His black and white images have been featured in the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He also leads black and white workshops and mentors other aspiring photographers. John loves the outdoors and traveling, and sharing his images with others. See his work and read his popular photography blog at

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have... 13 Feb 2013
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A must have for anybody new (like me) to Nik plug ins - well laid out (in plug in running order) loads of tips & tactics, easy to read & straightforward.

After struggling to fully understand the booklets that come with Nik products,my photographs have improved 100%
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just for REAL beginners 12 Jun 2013
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Well, I decided to buy this book in order to improve my useage of the Nik suite. And since the reviews of this book were positive, I went for it.

But it was a bad decision.

Although the author has a very light writing (very enjoyable, BTW), it's aimed to the very beginnner. Anyone that has already used the Nik suite will hardly find anything to learn from the book, even though it says "book level: beginning/intermediate". Don't fall for that!

That alone would ensure a bad review, but there're other two big issues:

1) the photos: they are VERY small throughout the book and hence very hard to see the effects suggested by the author. In order to see the effectts of using the filters we'd need much bigger photos.

2) although the book was published in 2013 the links provided by the author DO NOT lead to the stuff mentioned. Nik was sold to Google and all links redirect to a site where no add-ons are present and so on. Besides that, the author suggests that we go to his blog (or register with the publisher) to get extra templates, but there are just a bunch and most of the links to other stuff simply are not there.

All that said, why not give it just 1 star? Well, the author really has passion for his work and is able to transfer that through the pages! Besides, he writes lightly and that's ok.

This book is for people who DON'T HAVE Nik suite and are thinking on buying it or for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential guide for new users of NIK full suite 23 May 2013
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As per title. A very useful guide for those new to the full suite, now available from Google. The main criticism is the woefully poor reproduction of screen grabs which makes learning a lot more difficult than the author intended. This is a book production issue and not the author's fault. Despite this impediment, I refer to the guide constantly. It speeded me up the learning curve. However, a book is not enough. There are many fine on-line videos by various authors which enrich one's learning experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for amazing software 14 Jun 2013
By Strobes
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Nik software is incredibly powerful and easy to use and there is excellent video material available from the Google website. I like having a book to work through (old fashioned?) and really recommend this beautiful production which provided a very complete coverage of the software and many fresh ideas for an enthusiastic amateur. Recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Bags of details. 3 May 2013
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If you have NIK plugins then this is the book for you. Very well written. Great book. Bags of details.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book but... 28 April 2013
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I give it 5 stars because the book is simple and very well explained. The only thing I disliked has been the size of the examples and the typography. I would have paid a higher price in exchange of bigger ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The missing instruction book. 21 May 2013
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I have all the Nik plug-ins for Photoshop but needed more detailed information on their use. This is an excellent guide book and well recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 29 April 2013
By P,H
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I have been hoping to save for this software for a long time but the cost was to much for me, and when the price came down to a justifiable level
i just had to have it.
Great price
Great product
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide to brilliant software.
An excellent book. Well divided up and brilliantly explained. The Nik software is excellent and this guide prompts you to use it to its best effect.
Published 6 days ago by David Trist
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent delivery thank you very much
"Ace", no problem here, excellent delivery thank you very much, will come back again.
Published 1 month ago by Mike Dawkins.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good easy to folllow
Published 3 months ago by George Leonard McCall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for all Serious Photoshop Users
Every Photoshop user will be familiar with workflow plug-ins for Photoshop and the NIK suite is one of the more popular for serious users, unfortunately the documentation with NIK... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Philip Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening!
For digital image processing I am a committed PhotoShop CS 6 user. Since using Nik and guided by this book my work has moved up a gear or two for a lot less effort. Read more
Published 9 months ago by G.W.P.
4.0 out of 5 stars photographers guide
This book is exactly what I expected and does the job it was bought for, easy to follow and informative with good practical tips.
Published 11 months ago by Malcolm S. Firth.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic Images
I had heard about this software recently at a photographic meeting, so I downloaded the trail version. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Flicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have given this a 5 star because it is up there with photoshop and lightroom.
This is a plugin software that does what all the Pro,s say it does and will help you to produce... Read more
Published 12 months ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars good starting point
This book is a good starting point for working with Nik software. The inclusion of sample photos to work with is excellent. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Raw Edge Photography
3.0 out of 5 stars Middling
Have found better options as a paid ebook and I find the Nik website free downloads equally useful.
Not to say that the Batdorff book is poor, hence 4 stars - but , to me,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by A3Tunnel
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