Before and After Photos Using Nik Software

Nik Software

I won’t lie I’m a big fan of using Nik Software when it comes to my digital workflow. I’m pretty much using Nik Software filters on every photo I enhance. I know there are Lightroom presets or Adobe Photoshop actions that get the photo to have a certain generic look, but when it comes down to having complete control of every aspect of the photo, I don’t use actions or presets. I go straight for the jugular and edit with Nik Software.

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Tips For Photographing Sports

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Shooting sports here in the Miami area I’ve been fortunate to learn some valuable lessons while I’ve been shooting. I’ve taken what I’ve learned and turned them into tips for photographing sports. Some tips for photographing sports I have are pretty straight forward and others are little tidbits I’ve picked up from other sports photographers.

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5 SEO Tips for Photographers

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As photographers we all would love to have our website be on the first page of results when potential clients Google photographers in their area. The best to help your website move up the ranks in Google is to optimize the SEO for your website and I have 5 SEO tips for photographers that will help get them started in the right direction. The tips below won’t catapult you to the top of results in Google over night or even in 3 months, but with constant monitoring of your SEO effort and creating quality content you can reach the first page of results.

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Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4

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With the abundance of plugins and presets available for post processing needs it can be overwhelming in deciding which one is right for you. When I bought the Nik Software Collection a couple of years ago I knew I found the perfect plugin for my digital workflow especially when it came to Color Efex Pro. I had been using Color Efex Pro 3 for the past few years until by the grace of Google, who purchased Nik Software, allowed all former customers to upgrade to the new versions for free. Yes I said free and that was right in line with my budget as I had my eye on Color Efex Pro 4 since it came out.

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I Have G.A.S. – Gear Acquisition Syndrome

What the New Changes to Instagram Mean To Photographers

I have G.A.S. Catchy title right? Zack Arias, I believe, coined the phrase G.A.S. which stands for gear acquisition syndrome. As photographers we all have some sort of gear acquisition syndrome, some have more severe cases than others.

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Stop Reading and Start Shooting

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Stop reading and start shooting. Sounds simple enough right? We’re all about learning the new trends and techniques in photography or trying to emulate one of our favorite photographers that we forget to get our heads out of the blogs or books and actually go out and start shooting.

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My HDR Process

My HDR Process

After photographing the sunset over the Everglades this past weekend using HDR, I thought I would share my HDR process. HDR stands for high dynamic range and what it is basically is you take multiple photographs, one for the highlights, one for the shadows and a regular exposure, and then you combine them all into one photograph and have detail representation for both highlights and shadow details. HDR photography has gained popularity in the past few years and I primarily use HDR when I’m photographing sunrises and sunsets.

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The Importance of a Good Tripod and Ball Head

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Have you ever tried to hand held your camera in super low light trying to get a shot only to have your photos come out blurry? I bet you wish you understood the importance of a good tripod and ball head so you could have got that shot you were after. It doesn’t matter what type of photography that you do whether portrait, wildlife, landscape etc. a good tripod and ball head will help you grab those incredible images you’re after. I can’t count how many times a good tripod and ball head have saved me from blurry shots.

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Using Nik Software Filters

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With rain ruining a lot of my photo shoots lately, I thought I would write a blog post about how I go about using Nik Software Filters. Like Photoshop actions or Lightroom presests, Nik Software has a suite of tools that help a photographer enhance their images. I do use some actions or presets but a lot what I use in my photographs to clean up or enhance are with Nik Software Filters.

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