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Nik Software Complete Collection for Lightroom and Aperture

I recently sprung for this software bundle, taking advantage of some aggressive promotions and coupon codes, for US$199.95. I do definitely like many bits of these programs, though for full / regular price of each individual plugin ranging from $100 – $200 I have to say they are pretty badly overpriced. Especially the Photoshop version of the five-plugin collection (Ulimate Edition) at $599.95. Some of these software makers have to come back down to earth. There is nothing so special in any of the included plugin apps that can justify these absurd prices. And there are plenty of grounds for this claim in comparison to programs like those offered from Topaz and others. Noise Ninja is just one of many very capable noise reduction or sharpening apps that are a fraction of the price of Nik’s Dfine or Sharpener Pro. And if you buy the equivalent Topaz bundle, for significantly less than even my super discounted price on the Nik bundle, you can use them with Lightroom, Aperture, Paintshop Pro, Photoshop CS or Elements and more, without having to pay some massive upgrade premium.

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My Horsey Friends From Up The Road

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I’ve been a bad little blogger lately… Winter’s here, I don’t want to go out as much, and I’ve been spending too much time on the computer already between work and playing around in the digital darkroom. The Santa Clause Parade was cancelled due to bad weather. Worse, I missed the Olympic torch relay in town here because I got my dates mixed up. So I haven’t done a very good job of keeping this blog fresh with Foothills goings on.

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Again With The Web Domain Names!

Well, being the soul-less domain name hogging sleazebag that I am, I added another photography related domain name to my small collection. www.shutterbugacademy.com. It’s kinda long, but still fairly catchy and easy to remember. With all of us obsessive enthusiasts running around snapping everything everywhere, I think there’s some serious cash to be made in workshops, tutorials, and instruction. I might do something with that domain down the road, but it would be better for someone more talented than myself to run with. So if you are that person, and just waiting for a decent .com domain name (they are disappearing fast!) then you might make me a juicy offer on pixelpapa.com, ubersnap.com, or shutterbugacademy.com.

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