NIK software question
I am planning on getting more and more involved in B&W photography. I'm currently using LR4 and want to pick up Silver Efex Pro 2 to compliment it. Is it really worth purchasing the entire bundle from NIK which includes not only Silver Efex, but also includes Dfine, Viveza, HDR Efex, Color Efex and Sharpener Pro? Do those of you that have the entire package use the other tools? Do those of you that only have Silver Efex wish you had the other tools?
Thanks for your thoughts, I realize part of the answer is going to be that everyone defines their own path, I just want to see what others have found out after getting involved.
I personally use Dfine on half of my shots, Viveza quite a bit, HDR Efex very little, Color Efex and lot and Sharpener Pro very little. For really bad noise, I use Topaz DeNoise -- it gives me a little more control. Get the version that includes Photoshop plug-in. You will get more use out of the NIK products by using layers.