Somehow I missed this news from October. Google sold NIK filters for Photoshop and Lightroom to French company DxO. In case you aren’t familiar with DxO, they are software developers specialising in photography. The exiting news? They are developing an update for the package, with a release date this year.
DxO has an interesting suite of programs that includes Viewpoint (corrects lens distortion and horizon de-skewing) and FilmPack for the black and white analogue film fan.
“DxO FilmPack applies to your digital images the saturation, the contrast, and the grain of the most celebrated analog silver halide, slide and negative films. Up to 45 color and 38 black & white analog films are available to bring out the sleeping visual poet in you.”
This particular package could be fun to use, especially if you appreciate the subtle differences between old film paper types. The company offers trial versions so, might be worth a trip to their site to investigate.
But, back to NIK. there’s no word on whether DxO will be offering the filters free much longer or if the cost of the updated version. It’s nice to see someone picking up the package and giving it a new lease on life.