You would not be far wrong if you thought I was a conspiracy theorist, although I’m not. But, and this is a big but, I do not believe that all the surveillance we are subject to today, even by the most benign apps, have my best interests at heart. So it was with some trepidation that I responded to Google’s offer of a free download of the Nik software filters (I use them in Photoshop). I have an old version of these plug-ins that I’ve used for years, but after updating my OS to El Capitan only half of them worked properly, so I was resigned to creating slightly inferior own actions in PhotoShop. However, a friend sent me a link (below), from which I downloaded the latest versions of the Nik filters for free. The results are wonderful if you use PhotoShop; if not, I read somewhere they can also be used as stand alone programs. Either way, get them while you can, it’s worth the intrusion Google requires.
Today’s post is a before and after example of the difference some small Nik preset adjustments can make to a flat picture. I don’t really understand why Google either bought Nik 18months ago or why the filters are now free, but then neither do I care, what concerns me is that they work.
28-300mm,f5.6, 1/160sec, USO200