I purchased both the eBook and the video tutorials (from Jason Odell) for HDR Efex Pro. I find the eBook format great as I can take it with me on my iPad plus can easily search, which would not be available with just a printed book. Given the high cost of publishing, especially for a niche product, I’m glad the authors selected this format — had the option just been a printed book, the cost may not have justified the delivery mechanism. It’s also easy to just print out a few pages if I want it for review while I’m learning the software.
The material is very thorough and well written with many examples to help make learning the software more clear. The authors also do an excellent job of explaining the thinking behind the options making the overall understanding better.
The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro is superb and is a great example of what eBooks should be like.
These days post processing is almost as important as taking the shot itself and while there are many resources available for products like Photoshop or Lightroom, when it comes to more specialist products such as those from the excellent Nik Software, the choice is more limited.
Thankfully Jason Odell, one of those behind the Nikonians photography podcast “the image doctors” has produced a number of excellent ebooks and video guides to Nik software. His latest publication guides the reader through the mysteries of HDR using Nik’s HDR efex pro package.
A collaboration with photographer Tony Sweet, this book is clearly written in an easy to follow style and is illustrated with some stunning shots. As if that were not enough the authors have produced a series of pre-sets for a variety of different scenarios. I now use these exclusively and pretty much ignore those that came with the software itself. These alone are an invaluable aid.
The one slight downside with this particular ebook, and that of the more recent books by Mr Odell, is that they do not open on some ebook readers. I have tried and failed to get them to load on models from both Sony and Iriver. Earlier books in the series do work, I have discussed this with the author and he is as mystified as I am since he has not changed the way he produces the PDFs. However this is a minor quibble and in any event the best way to view these is in full colour so I content myself with reading it on my computer screen. If I am travelling I can read them on my android phone – but a phone screen is far from ideal for book reading.
All in all, this is an indispensable guide to an excellent bit of software. Highly recommended as are the author’s other teaching resources (books and videos).