on 16 July 2014
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.
on 10 February 2014
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.