I have been using photoshop for over 6 years now and my belief was there is no need (or room) for any other graphics software as everything is covered. That was until yesterday where I came across Google Nik collection.
It’s a set of plugins that transform photoshop tools to simplify them further and squeeze out the best they have to offer. Naturally, if you are the ‘trigger-happy’ cross-processor like myself, you are likely to cause more damage than help out, but once you get the hang of it and apply in moderation… I dug through some of my photographs from a not-so-recent trip to Cameron House in south of Scotland, well, some effects below.
Everything withing a couple of mouse clicks, incredible.
I think the most notable of all are the attempts on wet plate techniques – to my knowledge this has always been considered impossible in the digital realm. Not anymore; this time a perfect blend of smart blurs and high-res textures get it just about right.
It’s free trial for 2 weeks, go wild.