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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, practical instruction, 16 July 2014
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This review is from: Dramatic Black & White Photography Using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 (The Lightweight Photographer Books) (Kindle Edition)
I've been using a trial of Silver Efex and sort of muddling through - getting good enough results to be impressed with the software, but also aware I wasn't using it to its full potential. This book provides a good key to getting to grips with Efex - it's workflow-based, so you get an efficient method for processing your files which places the different controls in a logical context, making them easier to understand and remember. There are also step-by-step exercises to let you practice what you've learnt.

A great advantage of the book is that it's cheap enough to be a disposable purchase; if you buy this as a companion to the Silver Efex trial, and decide the software isn't for you, it's no big deal. On that basis, I'd recommend it to anyone trying the Google Nik software package.

Having gone through the book, I feel I've got a good starting point for developing a process of my own: I don't shoot the same subjects as the author or want to produce the same sort of look, but he's given me a solid foundation for building my own method, which is the mark of a good teacher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear explanation, 16 July 2013
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This book clearly explains what each module does in the software. Silver Efex is not intuitive "out of the box".
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLEAR AND EXCELLENT, 10 Feb. 2014
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This is one of the clearest, best laid out, accessible and well illustrated photo books I have yet seen as an eBook.
The book is devoted to the use of the Nik imager processing software for black and white images. If you are serious about this you will acquire (or already have) this software. If you place the image processing on the left of your screen and open Whalley's book on the right-hand side (or on your Kindle (eReader)) next to you; you can go through the book whilst editing your own image.
There is no better way to learn.
This book is a must for all photographers working in monochrome with this software.
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5.0 out of 5 stars uncomplicated and informative, 11 May 2014
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Does exactly what it sets out to do. In particular I liked the way that things were kept simple, encouraging an intuitive approach and illustrations were sharp and not too frequent but not too few.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robin to the Rescue, 5 Aug. 2013
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Yet another of Rob's eBooks that makes sure you get the best out of this great plugin. Well laid out and easy to read and working along with the example images ensures you understand it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Must read", 23 Mar. 2014
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If you want to use Nik Silver Efex Pro well, this book is clear, concise, practical, inspiring, and great value for money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 July 2014
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Excellent well written and very informative book. Well worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful, 27 Feb. 2014
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An easy writing style and informative book for all silver pro users. Highly recommended and affordable for all us cost conscious photographers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had a look at the whole of Robin Whalley's NIK plugin guides, 11 Feb. 2014
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Tried and bought the NIK plugin package and followed with purchase of all of Robin Whalley's NIK plugin guides in digital form to see what more I could do with it all. The guides are a good useful insight into making positive use of the plugins and clarifies using a number of the available editing approaches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic Black & White Photography using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, 26 Oct. 2013
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Robin Whally has a wonderful way of explaining the use of Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 software. He explains how and why to use various elements and also explains alternative possibilities.
I would strongly recommend this book to both amateurs and budding professionals, it has a lot to offer even when you are familiar with the software.
Patricia Griffin
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