Using The Nik Collection Four Tips For Landscape Photographers
In this article I want to share with you four tips using the Nik Collection. I’m going to demonstrate these photo editing techniques using landscape images and The Nik Collection 2018 by DxO. Although these are predominantly landscape photography tips the can also be valuable when applied to other types of photography.
If you have used the Nik Collection to edit your photos, I’m sure you will realise it’s very easy to use. But this ease of use can lull you into a feeling that you know how to use the software when you don’t. There are hidden nuances to the software that you don’t initially realise. And if no one points these “secret” techniques out, you might never identify them yourself.
The Four Tips in Brief
The four techniques you need to produce great landscape photography with the Nik Collection are:
- Making fine details pop. By accentuating the fine details in an area, it helps to retain the viewers attention and hold their eye on a point. You can achieve this using Nik Viveza and the Pro Contrast filter in Nik Color Efex Pro.
- Controlling and revealing shadow details. Having intense, dark shadows in an image can often add drama and feeling. But if the shadows are too dark and contrast too much with lighter areas, they can become distracting. By controlling the visibility of detail in the shadow areas you can prevent the shadows from overpowering the other areas of the photo and becoming a distraction. It may seem counter intuitive but the Contrast and Structure sliders in Viveza are key to this.
- Creating a dramatic sunset. Sunsets need to have colour and emotion to work well. But it can be difficult to capture the drama of a sunset using a digital camera, even when correctly applying graduated neutral density filters. By using the tools of the Nik Collection it’s possible to add some of the missing drama back into the photos.
- Intensifying colours. Often when people want to intensify a colour with the Nik Collection tools they will use Viveza to increase the saturation. This may work but may also have unwanted side effects. This technique demonstrates how to achieve stronger colours in your image without using the Saturation slider.
The Four Editing Tips Video
The following video explains how to apply each of these important adjustment techniques using The Nik Collection.
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