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How is Nik Silver Efex Pro better than Lightroom for B&W

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by WT21, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Posted this on seriouscompacts, as well

    Nik is having a Black Friday sale, and I'm interested, but it's still a lot of money.

    I've seen on this site and others, people raving about Silver Efex Pro 2.

    I downloaded a trial a while ago, but it's expired and I can't seem to trial it again.

    Can someone explain to me how Silver Efex Pro 2 could help me develop better B&W than LR, especially in shooting m43?

    I know there were a lot of presets, but does Efex just render better? Does it provide tools LR doesn't? Can anyone show samples where they felt Efex did something LR couldn't, or better yet, where you tried something side-by-side with LR, and the Efex version just came out better?

    Or is it just quicker/easier to make adjustments in Efex than LR (although storage takes a hit with TIFF or PSD conversions).

    Thanks for any help/insight.
     
  2. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    Hi WT21,

    you probably didn't realize when you posted, that you are in the Video-postproduction part of this forum. I don't think NIK plugins or LR can do that.

    Just my 2 eurocents of input : I find the presets and the U-point technology of really great help when processing B/W images !

    But, better get to the B/W part of the forum for more info or examples !

    Black and White - Micro Four Thirds User Forum
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    C U,
    Rafael