Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Technique Tuesday: Good deals At NIK Software & Learning To See The Leading Lines

Good Morning Everybody,
WOW! What a really nice crowd we had last night in Burbank! About 230 friendly photographers came by for the Digital WakeUp Call tour - quite the "wild bunch." Enthusiastic and passionate about their work. By the way, I mean that in the most complimentary fashion - I think we all had a wonderful time. Today need to be on the road shortly to Ontario, CA - so let's get right to the post today.

NIK Software 25% Off!!! Please Read On
Hey gang, before we get into this week's Technique Tuesday episode, let me tell you about the best deals on NIK software available anywhere! NIK, as you know, is famous for making some of the best plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom on the planet. That would include Viveza - my favorite; Color Efex Pro - about the best set of cool effects in a box; Silver Efex Pro - I like to call it Ansel Adams in a box; D-Fine 2.0 - noise, noise go away; and Sharpener Pro - the mandatory finishing touch to every picture.

Here is the super good deal. Viveza is on sale over at NIK Software for only, get this, $150! That's $100 off the regular price till June 2. Now let me sweeten the deal even more for you. As one of my tour sponsors, I arranged a special price on all NIK products while my Digital WakeUp Call tour is on the road. You can buy any NIK product for 25% off the regular price - specials (like Viveza) not included - which makes everything they offer a steal of a deal.

You've got to know the "secret handshake" though. Got your pens and paper ready? Here it is - DZISER - use that secret code when ordering online and pocket the 25% difference in savings. Pretty cool, eh - don't thank me, thank NIK Software.

OK, now on with Technique Tuesday...

Learning To See The Leading Lines
Today's video tutorial is short and sweet but offers some insights in how I like to design my images. What do I mean by that? I'm a photographer who first surveys the three dimensional space before I ask my subject to step into the scene. I'm always looking to where the "directional pointers" lead in the scene and then tend to place my subject at that point. You will see in this short tutorial how the lines in the scene, once determined, lead the viewer's eye right to the subject. It's important that we learn to see in this fashion because then we have more control over our final composition and the final impression our photograph has on the viewer. Hit the PLAY button below to see what I mean.

Hey everybody, that's it for me today. We are on our way to the Inland Empire of California for tonight's program. Hope to see many new faces there. Adios, -David


  1. Any fill light on those shots? Nice composition.

  2. Seems we in UK don't get any coupon code option on our store ! Huh!

  3. Hey David! Thanks for last night. Had a blast, and very jealous of some of those people who won door prizes. Good time helping setup and take everything down. And I notice you didn't have your post up first thing. Stayed up a bit late? ;)

  4. Mr. Ziser,

    First, thanks for all the wonderful blogs you've produced. I look forward to every "Technique Teusday" installment.

    Second, thanks for working with Nik Software on the discount. I'd done a 15 day trial of Color Efex Pro, and decided there were a couple filters I just couldn't live without. The 25% discount came in real handy, and very timely.

    Lastly, I have a request. When you're posing your wife, and you make some pretty subtle changes in her posing - could you please describe what you're seeing, what your thought process is. I looked at that part of today's video several times, and I'm not seeing what you're changing. I've seen other photographers do similar minor posing changes. Sometimes I get it (placing the face so the shadow of the nose falls precisely where you want it), but other times, such as this, it elludes me.

    That would make a great future installment.

    Thanks again,
    - Arved

  5. Just purchased Nik's Complete Collection for Lightroom. Thanks!