Excellent article. Thanks so much for these techniques.
Very informative, objective, and balanced article. Thank you, Ellen.
As for the naysayers... I could understand the criticism if the article purported to be a review of each program mentioned. But, in fact, it is not a review. It is, rather, an educational article to help you get the best from your images using ANY of these programs. All the complaining time would surely be better spent by taking some images that need editing, and applying the techniques that Ellen shares.
As for the mistaken notion that Ellen is employed by Nik, do you really think that Nik would keep her on the payroll when she talks about their competitors in an article on dpreview? I think not.
Excellent overview of some of the ways to process images like this. This will help get me started using the latest Nik plug-in. Thanks for the article, Ellen. Beautiful image to illustrate the different techniques.