One of the modules with the Nik Collection is HDR Efex Pro. Hearing good things about this module and how it can alter even just one image, I decided to finally give it a try.
I ran into problems almost immediately as this module is treated and acts differently than the other modules like Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro. Within Lightroom, I would select the Photo, then Edit In option to get to the desired Nik plugin. Where is the HDR module? Why isn’t it on the list?
Finally had to google it and discovered that you have to select File, Export to, Nik Software HDR. Strange… Okay, so I finally got my photo where I wanted it and was able to quickly alter it to create this lovely painterly image.
I saved the new image back to Lightroom and then the next problem came up. Where did it go? Why am I not seeing the changes that I made in Nik HDR? The other modules place both the original and the edited image together at the end of the photo stream.
Again…google..read.. Oh! I have to go back to the original folder where the images are held and next to each other they are buried there. A bit cumbersome as I have to get out of the develop mode and over the Lightroom’s library mode to find said folder in the catalog. The other thing I didn’t like is that it completely wiped out my settings for exporting to my hard drive for regular images.
Sometimes all this technology makes my head hurt. So..what do you think of the second image?