Changing software isn’t something that we, as photographers, do often. Thank goodness. There is a learning curve involved with switching out your software. I don’t know about you, but staring at new software can be overwhelming. But for the past year, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. Learning how to use Macphun’s Luminar.
In 2015, I moved from using a rather massive PC that took up an entire office desk to doing all of my photo editing with a MacBook Pro that can go anywhere with me. No longer am I chained to my desk, or to my office for that matter.
Shortly after getting my MacBook, I learned of and purchased a new photo post-processing software from a company called Macphun. The new software, called Luminar, was for use only on the Mac and offered an alternative to Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop. Luminar impressed me enough, that it quickly became my post-processing software of choice. And at a one-time purchase price of $59, it was half the cost of one year’s subscription to Adobe’s Photography Plan.
Here are some of my reasons why I now prefer Luminar over Lightroom:
– Cost (one-time purchase of $59, although major version upgrades cost $39).
– Presets that are easy to use and preview.
– Before and After feature that easily allows you to review image progress.
– Pre-loaded and customizable Workspaces.
– Ample supply of filters to use on images.
– Ability to create layers to fine-tune edits and isolate filter effects.
What I don’t like about Luminar:
– No way to manage your photo library (I still have to rely on Adobe’s Lightroom to manage my 30,000+ image files).
Fast-forward to today (November 1, 2017)…
Macphun is in the process of rebranding to their new name, Skylum. In part, due to the fact that their software is now available for both Mac and PC.
Macphun/Skylum’s new Luminar 2018 is available for pre-order today (November 1, 2017) and will be released in just a couple weeks (November 16, 2017). Luminar 2018 will be available for both Mac and PC.
Luminar 2018 offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module and a forthcoming in 2018; digital asset management platform.
If the Digital Asset Management (DAM) platform is as good as I hope, that will eliminate my last hurdle to breaking the Adobe dependency.
Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filter, LUT support, and real-time noise removal. With workspaces that match different styles of editing, Luminar adapts to deliver a complete experience that avoids clutter and complexity.
Luminar 2018 has been re-built from the ground up for dramatic performance boosts. Existing filters deliver richer colors and depth in less time. A brand new streamlined user interface speeds up working with presets, filters, and masks. With full support of pro options like layers, masks, and blending modes, complex repairs and photo composites can be easily accomplished.
– Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a special pre-order price of $39 ($49 MSRP)
– New users can purchase Luminar 2018 at a special pre-order price of $59 ($69 MSRP)
– A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.
– A Pack of signature presets and textures fro pro photography Nicolesy
– An Exclusive pack of LUTs
– 1-year Power plan from SmugMug ($72 value). For new accounts only