Messing with Nik Software

21 09 2011

My wife and I currently on holiday in the UK and kicking back in our great rented flat in Brixton via AirBnB. In all honesty, I don’t know why anyone else doesn’t use this to travel. A huge living area, full-service kitchen and a big bedroom all within walking distance to the Tube for under $100 USD.

Fantastic.

Also, during the trip, I have been playing with the fantastic Nik Software Suite. Mainly HDR Efx Pro.

What I like about the HDR conversion using the Nik Software Suite is the amount of control given. What I don’t like about HDR iamges is that they look overly processed and don’t look realistic. Take for example, an image of the Ludlow Brewing Company truck I took while on the Ale Trail. A combination of 3 exposures bracketed at -2 and +2 using the Default setting.

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Default setting

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Default setting

Nicely balanced but I would like a bit more oomph in the sky so I decided to push it a bit by using the Strong setting.

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Strong setting

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Strong setting

Looks good but you can see a bit of haloing around the truck which is a problem with HDR photos. Now altered with the Realistic setting.

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Realistic setting

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Realistic setting

Now that’s what I want! The sky definitely pops and the haloing is controlled.

Well, that’s it. Am off to the largest Mall in Europe.