Before I post this image which I did with hdr and Giga Pano – I just want to voice one complaint. I’ve been using and loving NIK software since at least 2010, and today when I went to work with Viveza — it tells me that my trial version has expired.
Now I have the receipt with the code and proof that I spent about $300 on the whole NIK suite.
But of course Google decided to buy NIK a while back, and the various links to NIK support have been replaced by Google, and they stink. I can’t even find the online store where I bought the NIK software, and frankly – the entire system of ordering and downloading – or upgrading doesn’t work like it used to.
You used to be able to just login, and you’d see the name you ordered it with and the keys for all your products, and I was never in a position where I couldn’t get a NIK product working. Maybe I’d have to download one again, replace the old version etc. but there was always a way to get the thing working. Now I have to wait to get to Google support on Monday. And I don’t know about you but Google support has always been a bear to get through to.
On the other hand, they’ve lowered the price from $300 to $179 for the entire suite.
Anyway – just wanted to get that off my chest – and say that the only ones that have done well when they took over some software that I’d been using for a while has been Adobe.
Well, I had a cold all week and didn’t feel like doing much but I finally got some energy back today and started wandering around with the Giga Pan equipment. I’ve been using it to do large panoramas of stores and approaching the owners with shots on my tablet and I’ve had one nice sale already. After all, who wouldn’t want a giant poster of their establishment? When I tell them that these are in the range of 20 feet long – if they want it that long – their eyes light up.
Okay – in the meantime – I did this Giga Pano (that’s what I’m starting to call these things) of a nearby apartment building that’s always fascinated me because of the brightly painted white doors. And then spent a lot of time shooting scaffolding. Still processing that.
Just a note for those who’ve been following this Giga Pano thing — you don’t need to do this wide angle look. Use a longer lens, say a 50mm on a cropped sensor, and you can accomplish the same shot without the curvature. I just happened to be lazy today, and it’s easier to shoot with the 20mm, plus for store fronts, you don’t have that much room to back up.