Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

© Matt Cohen 2010

Since Nik has decided to soak even upgraders, and I don't get to do many
black & white conversions these days, I figured that I would take advantage
of the 15-day trial.

These are some pictures from last year, picked more-or-less at random.

Non-scientific findings: Ability to make fine adjustments is much improved.
The film borders are a good idea, but shouldn't eat into the image area, as it
is, you would have to compose with dead space around the subject just to
get the border to keep from cutting things off. They included a lot more
pre-sets which provide a good jumping-off point. Film simulations appear
to be the same as before. Performance is much improved, probably due to
its full 64-bit support and ability to offload tasks to the graphics processor.

Overall it's a nice piece of software, but at $99 for the upgrade over the $199
price for the previous version, I'm not sure what to think. I'd like to have it
for the (small amount of) non-sports work I do, but the upgrade pricing is
off by about $50 when you consider that both pieces of software I use on a
daily basis (Aperture and Photo Mechanic) are less for new users than
Silver Efex Pro 2 is for upgraders
.

© Matt Cohen 2010

© Matt Cohen 2010

© Matt Cohen 2010

© Matt Cohen 2010

© Matt Cohen 2010