Good Deal on NIK Plug-Ins for Photoshop and Lightroom

Some of you may have heard that Google recently acquired NIK Software, the maker of Snapseed (mobile photo editing app), and several other popular plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom. Many photographers, myself included, love these plug-ins and feared that Google would cease further development.

Well never fear, Google says development will continue and they are now offering them at a new, substantially lower price. Previously, each of the six plug-ins cost around $100, some a bit more. Now Google is offering the entire bundle of six for $149. And, if you have already purchased one or more, you can download the entire collection for free. This is a sweet deal!!

The plug-ins are well designed and save a lot of time in post processing. I frequently use  Viveza (selective adjustment of brightness, contrast, saturation, clarity), Silver Efex Pro (B&W conversion), and Define (noise reduction). I have an older version of Sharpener Pro but haven’t used it for awhile. I’m looking forward to trying the new version and the other plug-in too.

Click here for their site.

March 21, 2013 Meeting Minutes

President Frank Comisar opened the meeting. About 35 people were in attendance with several potential new members present.

Contest Coordinator Doug French updated members on the Club Contest to be held in June.  Doug handed out the contest rules to those in attendance. A copy of the rules can be downloaded from the web page or here. Go to the Calendar page and navigate to the June event for more details.

Frank mentioned that John Gerlach will be conducting a Nature Photography seminar in Omaha on March 23rd.  You can find out more about the workshop and how to sign up at John’s website. Brochures were also provided to those in attendance.

Frank announced the tentative dates for a weekend photo shoot in the Sandhills are May 17-19. Details are yet to be worked out but we would likely stay in Valentine, NE on Friday and Saturday nights. Photo shoot locations could include Valentine NWR and Smith Falls State Park. A show of hands indicated about 6 people are interested in attending.

Tony Palmer, entomologist at the Henry Doorly Zoo then presented a very interesting tutorial on photographing insects after which he introduced us to a variety of his favorite critters, making them available to those brave members interested in working on macros of insects. I for one, would have participated had I remembered to bring my 600mm lens :-).

 

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Reminder – March 2013 FFPC Meeting this Week

Our meeting this week is on the 21st at 7:00 PM.  We’ll be meeting at the Forest Center.

Our speaker will be Tony Palmer, zoo entomologist.  Tony grew up in Eastern Ohio and attended Dana College where he attained a bachelors degree in biology.  His focus on entomology led to his being hired at Henry Doorly Zoo where he is a keeper at the Aquarium’s Butterfly and Insect Pavilion. Tony is getting ready to launch a statewide, citizen-science based butterfly monitoring program for Nebraska.

When not working, Tony is an avid photographer and can often be found in the field documenting insects and their behavior. Expect to learn some interesting facts about insects and how to photograph them.

Tony is also planning on bringing some specimens to photograph.  So bring your macro equipment, such as, tripod, macro lens, shutter release remote, etc.  It should be fun!

Remember to bring photos for the displays.  Judy Dye needs photos of Birds (for the Forest) and Cemeteries (for the Bellevue Library) for our upcoming photo displays. Please bring unframed, unmated 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 prints to the meeting. Be sure to label the prints with your name and subject, especially the location of the cemetery photos.

If you haven’t paid your dues, remember to bring your money to the meeting.

See you soon!

Reminder – March 2013 FFPC Meeting

Our meeting this month is on the 21st at 7:00 PM.  We’ll be meeting at the Forest Center.

Our speaker will be Tony Palmer, zoo entomologist.  Tony grew up in Eastern Ohio and attended Dana College where he attained a bachelors degree in biology.  His focus on entomology led to his being hired at Henry Doorly Zoo where he is a keeper at the Aquarium’s Butterfly and Insect Pavilion. Tony is getting ready to launch a statewide, citizen-science based butterfly monitoring program for Nebraska.

When not working, Tony is an avid photographer and can often be found in the field documenting insects and their behavior. Expect to learn some interesting facts about insects and how to photograph them.

If you haven’t paid your dues, remember to bring your money to the meeting.

Remember to bring photos for the displays.  Judy Dye needs photos of Birds (for the Forest) and Cemeteries (for the Bellevue Library) for our upcoming photo displays. Please bring unframed, unmated 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 prints to the  meeting. Be sure to label the prints with your name and subject, especially the location of the cemetery photos.