|Selective sharpening using colour range masking|
Of course, no amount of software wizardry can turn a bad photo into a good photo, but with a little care you can get some interesting results, as shown below. (Note: my photo-editing steps are usually a lot more subtle than this. I provide these photos as examples because it's easier to see the difference.)
Move your mouse across the images to see them as they appeared before processing. Most of these results were achieved using Color Efex Pro, but the first image (the helicopter over the house) was enhanced using Silver Efex Pro to create a High Dynamic black-and-white luminosity layer.
|Helicopter at North Foreland, April 2016|
|Stodmarsh Hobby, May 2016|
|Bright Wake on a Dark Sea, November 2016|
|Common Tern, May 2016|
|Stodmarsh NNR, June 2016|
The complete Google Nik Collection suite is available at:
It works best as a Photoshop plugin (under the Filter menu), but you can also run each application as a standalone program if you create short-cuts to the individual .exe files.