Software included in the collection:
- Define 2.0 for noise reduction
- Vivenza for selective light and color control
- HDR Efex Pro for, you guessed it HDR
- Silver Efex Pro for converting to B&W
- Sharpener Pro for image sharpening
- Color Efex Pro with over 250 filters for special effects.
Lately I've been using one filter in Color Efex Pro - Glamour Glow. Based on the name, I suspect this was designed to be used on portraits to smooth skin and give a person's face a soft glowing effect. Here's an example from the Nik website. I've used it a couple times on portraits and it can make even one of my portraits look good. After seeing images from professionals like Tony Sweet using this filter on landscapes I gave it a try. I really like the the effect you can get.
Here's a few examples of photos before and after the Glamour Glow effect was applied. To really see the effect you need to click on each pair of images to zoom in and then click again to zoom in even more.
This filter blurs the sharp edges without losing a lot of detail. It also puts a glow on the edges. The end result almost never looks like reality, but it's a cool effect. I'm trying to branch out and get out of the rut of "it must look like it did when I took the picture". That still applies to most of my photos, but sometimes I want a different look.