You know how hard it is to get a house call from a doctor these days, right? (Relax, this isn’t going to be another political screed like the last post….although it easily could have been:-)).
Well, imagine my good fortune when I got a house call from not one, but two doctors (as well as one of the leading art photogs in the biz) last weekend!
Yes, that’s right, Tony Sweet and the Nikonians’ Image Doctors, Jason Odell and Rick Walker, were shooting in the Philly area last weekend, and I coaxed them into coming out to chez Krist for a visit.
They thought they were getting bed and breakfast, and that they did, but what really happened was that I got an amazing, in-person walk through of Jason’s and Tony’s latest e-book, The Photographers Guide to HDR Efex Pro . HDR Efex Pro is NIK Software’s entry into the HDR world and NIK has hit a homerun.
It’s a powerful program, and so subtle that it lets you get out of the “grunge” over the top HDR stuff, and into more subtle, natural-looking HDR (thereby making it more useful to a lot of working shooters whose clients won’t buy the “HDR look” but they sure love an extended tonal range!). Of course, you can go way HDR with this software too.
While the software has that nice intuitive NIK interface, you still need a guide to walk you through it and point out all the subtleties in a clear and straightforward manner, and this e-book does just that. And if you are not good at “e-book learnin'”, Jason has created a 111-minute video based instruction module, called “Mastering HDR Efex Pro,” as well.
You can buy the e-book and the video series separately, but bundled together you save 15%. For learning software, I love the video option….it’s just so easy to have it up on the second screen, or your laptop, while you’re playing with the files on your main display. And then having the book as a backup is perfect.
These guys, their energy, and their work just blew me away….Tony Sweet is doing such amazing things with his iPhone camera that it almost makes a DSLR redundant….proving once again that it’s the eye behind the camera, and not necessarily the camera, that makes the picture.
Tony’s getting ready for his workshop season, and from what I briefly experienced of his teaching, his energy, his eye, and his mellow nature, those are going to be some kickin’ workshops.
When it comes to the world of HDR, I’m glad to report that the doctors are in….and that is just so Sweet!