08 January 2017

More Luminar

I am getting to know Luminar by MacPhun. I am very impressed, It has some fantastic functions and is much easier to use than Lightroom but just as powerful. When you purchase the program, you get a couple of folders with replacement skies, so if your sky is a little dull, you can replace it.

Here are some more images I have played with the last couple of days. On the left, the raw photograph on the right, processed with Luminar.

The first was taken at Cleveland during a sunset. The foliage of the trees and the rest of the foreground was clearly not visible. Moving a couple of sliders in Luminar and everything can be seen.

The image below was taken in Tenterfield. It is just a little boring. By changing the sky, increasing the green colour and enlarging the tree, the image looks much better.

Early morning on the golf club produced a fairly flat image. Just a few adjustment in Luminar and the picture looks much better.

In the image below I just replaced the boring sky to improve the shot.

I had a wrong setting in the shot below and it was grossly underexposed. These things are easily fixed in Luminar.

Diane posing with a runner in the Blue Mountains, offered the perfect image to tweak. I cleaned up the tree trunk a little and generally boosted the image.

And finally the lighthouse at Cleveland Point. I didn't do much to this image, except removed the street light, cars and other objects. Removing objects in images is much easier to do in Luminar than in Lightroom. The clone and stamp function actually works. You have a job, removing stuff in Lightroom.

I keep practicing with Luminar.

02 January 2017


Just as I was thinking I had mastered most functions I would ever use in Lightroom, Diane pointed out the latest Trey Ratcliff editing software LUMINAR, distributed by McPhun.

First I was skeptical, but hey, it was the festive days, shops closed and TV programs, repeats after repeats, so I downloaded it and gave it a try. It was actually on special, from A$400 down to A$69. An addition to Aurora HDR by the same people made it very attractive to me.

For the average photo amateur like myself, it is an alternative to Lightroom which I sometimes find difficult to master.

Luminar which presently only operates on Mac OS10+ is the first photo editor that adapts to an individual's style and skill level. It is the supercharged photo software that makes complex editing easy and enjoyable.

Unless you use Lightroom to organise your photos, which I personally don't, then Luminar is a perfect tool to enhance your photographs.

State-of-the art digital darkroom you design yourself.

The workspaces in Luminar reveal only the most essential photo filters for the specific type of photo. Enjoy default workspaces for landscape, portrait, street and B&W images. Or create your own, based on your preferences. Even import workspaces from other artists, who use Luminar.

Here are a couple of examples of photos I had taken in RAW format, in the Blue Mountains during my last visit, edited in Luminar. On the left are the originals and on the right are the Luminar modified images.

Left - Original                                 Right - Luminar Modified
Left - Original                                   Right - Luminar Modified