PFRE is the original online resource for real estate and interior photographers. Since 2006, it has been a community hub where like-minded professionals from around the world gather to share information with a common goal of improving their work and advancing their business. With thousands of articles, covering hundreds of topics, PFRE offers the most robust collection of educational material in our field. The history of real estate photography has been documented within these pages.
All Articles


Congratulations to Marcus Biastock of Anchorage, Alaska--November 2020 PFRE Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was "open" meaning any real estate photo was fair game. Marcus Biastock #276 Pierre Galant #271Andrew Bramasco #253Dan Solomon # ...



The PFRE Community Forum is an online resource for discussing the art and business of Real Estate and Interior Photography.
Join The Discussion


View Now


For over a decade, photographers from around the world have participated in PFRE’s monthly photography contests, culminating in the year-end crowning of PFRE’s Photographer of the Year. With a new theme each month and commentary offered by some of the finest real estate & interior photographers anywhere, these contests offer a fun, competitive environment with rich learning opportunities. 

Contest Rules


View / Submit


View Archive


PFRE’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas provides real estate and interior photographers from around the world an opportunity to meet on an annual basis, to learn, share best practices and make connections. Many of the leading names in our field are selected to speak on topics aimed at improving our craft and advancing our business. It’s a comfortable, relaxed environment that is fun, easy to get to, and affordable.


PFRE Conference 2020

Register Now

Latest News

Last Call to Register for the PFRE Virtual Conference 2020 - Use Discount Code: PFRE50 to Save $50!

Last call to register for PFRE Virtual Conference 2020. Use discount c ...

Sneak Peek - PFRE Virtual Conference 2020

We are less than two weeks away from the PFRE Virtual Conference. Chec ...

Limited Early Bird Spots on Sale Now! PFRE Virtual Conference 2020

The roster of presenters is full, and the PFRE Virtual Conference is o ...

PFRE Virtual Conference 2020 Announcement: Presenter Line Up Part 2 of 2

*Early bird tickets go on sale September 28th* Here are the remaining ...



The PFRE podcast is focused on having meaningful conversations with world-class photographers, business professionals and industry leaders, with the goal to inform and inspire.
All Podcasts

Coming Soon...



PFRE prides itself on the depth and breadth of the information and professional development resources it makes available to our community. Our goal is to help real estate and interior photographers be successful while bringing the community together and elevating the industry as a whole.


Coming Soon...

The Bottom Line on The Nik Collection by Google

Published: 30/08/2017
By: larry

Sharon in Los Angeles asks:

What are people doing about the demise of The Nik Collection?  I know many use it for real estate photography but will eventually lose it due to computer updates.

First of all, I think it is important to be clear about what has actually happened with the Nik Collection by Google:

  • Google's statement about it is: "The Nik Collection is free and compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.10; Windows Vista, 7, 8; and Adobe Photoshop through CC 2015. We have no plans to update the Collection or add new features over time."
  • If you have hardware and software that the Nik Collection works on and you really like using Nik hold on to the hardware and software so Nik keeps working. If you don't change the hardware or software Nik will keep running. You could keep an older machine around just to run the Nik Collection.
  • It is easy to find reports of new hardware (MacBook Pro) and software (Adobe Creative cloud 2016 and 2017) that already break the Nik Collection.

As I posted about a month ago, many of the people that developed the Nik collection are now working on Luminar by Macphun. So Luminar is a natural choice for a Nik replacement.

Here is a post over at suggesting other Nik alternatives.

10 comments on “The Bottom Line on The Nik Collection by Google”

  1. I'm running a iMac with Sierra 10.12.6 and Nik Software is running just fine with Photoshop CS6. I haven't tried it with the latest CC version yet so I don't know if it still works with CC 2017. The problem with Luminar is that you don't have that u-point local control that makes the Nik software so versatile. I suspect that is a patented technology that Google will not share with other software developers, simply because they can. Google is one of the more nefarious tech companies out there, so we shouldn't expect any help out of them since they could care less about pro photographers.

  2. I'm running a laptop with the latest Win10 and Photoshop CC is up-to-date. I've had no problems thus far with the Nik Collection in my setup, and it works just fine with Lightroom CC too. I will curse the day it inevitably does stop working, because its shadow, saturation and exposure control, along with the control points, is something that Lr and Ps can't match. I still am amazed that a free plugin is so good. My only issue is with the Warmth control, it's not as intuitive as Lightroom's WB and tint control.

    And Google's aim is to make money, so yeah, we as real estate photographers are not on their radar and may never be. This is true for many large tech and telecommunications companies. They make decisions based on the money they stand to spend and make, not at all based on what people need. For instance, in the middle of the 16th largest city in the US, I'm in a dead pocket for internet. I have no internet at home because my little area has been overlooked by all ISPs that service my city and no change is in sight when it comes to that unless they think they can make a profit off of us. Google is no different.

    I'd love for someone to be able to obtain the code for the Nik Collection and make something that functions similarly, and as well, as it does.

  3. After the download on my PC I found that Luminar is not a Plugin for PS like Nik is. It is a stand alone program that you have to run each image into. It just adds another process to post processing. Will not be using it.

  4. Luminar does work as a plugin to LR and PS (CC at least). You can set up LR to use Luminar from Edit In, and the various places you access plugins. After you apply a preset in Luminar, it also imports the new file back into LR stacks. I haven't used it often enough to comment on whether or not any NIK-like features have been incorporated. It installs as a Filter option in PS.

  5. @larry

    I'm confused on their mention of Aperture. Did Apple bring it back? My understanding was that it was dead YEARS ago, but did Apple simply drop support for it and quit updating it?

    It's strange to me that a newer program like this would and could work as a plugin for a presumably dead piece of post-processing software.

  6. @Ryan - Apple doesn't support Aperture, it's just like Nik, the people that had it when Apple discontinued support of it can still use it if they want... There is probably some Apple hardware (or software) released since Aperture that already won't run it.

  7. I have to say, I never used any of the Nik software. What is all the fuss? I have been using PS for years. What are photographers using Nik for that PS can not do? Just curious... thanks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *