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Sunday
Nov072010

SCL Photography Podcast 121 - The Colorpack II, HDR Efex Pro and the Rainbow

SCL PodcastThis week I discuss Nik's HDR Efex Pro, using the Polaroid Colorpack II Land Camera, and a rather cool rainbow.

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A 3 Exposure Tone-mapped Image From Niks' HDR Efex Pro:

Portsmouth Harbour (Realistic Strong Preset)

Here's the link to Nik's website to download the trial of HDR Efex Pro.

My Rainbow!

Full Double Rainbow Near Clanfield, Panorama

(Click here for the bigger version of the above photo.)

Here's one of the better shots I took with the Colorpack II:

At The Beach

Oh, and me shooting with this great Polaroid! (Kindly sent to me by Mike Raso at the Film Photography Podcast.)

Shooting With The Colorpack II (Vintage Colours Preset)

 Thanks, Rob.

What Do You Think

Have you tried HDR Efex Pro, or maybe you've shot with the Colorpack II, or other Polaroid pack-film cameras? Have you photographed unusual weather events? Please add your comments below!

Reader Comments (3)

Hey Rob just listened to your last podcast. Great as usual. Just wanted to add a real cool feature of NIK's HDR software you did not mention, U Point Technology.

As stated in their advertising:

HDR Efex Pro is the only HDR solution that offers you precise,

selective editing of HDR images. Using our revolutionary

U Point® technology, you can make precise selections

to easily fine-tune and enhance specific areas of your image.

l have found the U Point selection to be the real reason to pick this software over any other that is available. Once you get the hang of it you will use it on every image you process with this program. To be able to fine tune any area of the image can really help HDR images look more even toned.

Also, look into getting a coupon code from NIK to promote this software. l got my copy at the Photoplus Expo in NYC and saved $20, l know of other sites that have coupon codes as well.

Good luck with your Podcast and see you on Flickr.
Joe

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterecajoe

Correct me if i'm wrong, but i think Nik's plugins (like all other plugins) will work with PS and PSE. To use those plugins with Lightroom you'll also need PS or PSE. This is because Adobe has not opened Lightrooms rendering engine to third party software for sake of retaining the undestructable workflow and for this reason these plugins have to use PS's or PSE's rendering engine.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSami

Hi Sami,

HDR Efex Pro is compatible with Lightroom, it'll work fine without Photoshop.

Hi Joe,

You're right, I can't believe I forgot to mention u-point, it was even in my notes, and I just skipped right over it! Well spotted, and thanks for your kind comments.

Cheers, Rob.

November 8, 2010 | Registered CommenterRob_Nunn

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