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November 2010

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Nik HDR Efex Pro

We've discussed HDR images before, and this article is more of an example than a tutorial. Nik's new HDR Efex Pro plugin for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture came out just a few weeks ago, and I'll be demonstrating how to make the most out of the simple software. Like Photomatix's popular plugin, Nik's has the capability to create both realistic and surrealistic HDR images - for this I've revisited some old images and came up with one that would benefit from a realistic interpretation.

Nik offers a free 15 day trial of their HDR plugin - available at Nik Software. For those interested in purchasing a full copy, a 15% discount is available by entering discount code: KLASS.

Creating HDR Images with Nik HDR Efex Pro from Raymond Klass on Vimeo.

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The Art of Editing

Reflections in Sweet Creek, Oregon, USA

Editing your images is about more than just what software or work-flow you use. Editing your images is a great way you can reflect upon your creative process and gather ideas for the next time you head out with your camera. This article doesn't address the technical or software side of editing, rather it provides tips and inspirations to make the most of your time editing and reviewing images from your past shoot.

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On Location: Autumn in Maine

The Maine coast is an extraordinary place to visit during the peak fall foliage season. This year I was fortunate enough to spend 2 weeks there. This article explores some of the diverse subject matter available during this time of year.

Located on Mount Desert Island, Acadia National park has a wide array of photo opportunities. From inland lakes, to shear cliffs and beyond, there are subjects to fill almost any interest.

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