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  1. #1
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    Skylum Luminar

    Hello Guys,

    As your all aware Adobe keep putting their prices up for their Subscription software. I have tried several different software name ON1, Capture One etc. I came across Macphun who are now called Skylum.

    Skylum do different type of software Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018.

    Luminar 2018 is the software I have tried and I have found it to be a fantastic processing software it got a full arrays of adjustment and it even have more adjustment than Lightroom does. Some of the adjustments i have found to be more effective and powerful than the LR version.. They are also have some Preset which some of them are excellent and you can even tone the preset down with it own slider if you dont like the full effect of it.

    You can have Luminar set so much like LR if you like it even have more options of sliders.. When they bring out their DAM for it which is due sometime this year I reckon it going to be one killer of a software everything in one. At the moment I am using it as a plug ins for LR and I use LR for it DAM and then I edit in Luminar for it powerful processing sliders etc. When My Subscription ends with Adobe I be very convert I hope.

    You must visit their site to see the different things they have to offer and a TRAIL is a must.


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  2. #2
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    Re: Skylum Luminar

    Skylum Luminar
    Ok Folks what I like to show you is there are 3 images here... One is a original, one been done in LR just pressing AUTO adjust and the other done in Luminar using their Auto adjust let me know which you prefer. You must remember I have done nothing apart from pressing auto on both software..



    DSC_1069.jpg
    by Andrew Rookes, on Flickr



    DSC_1069-2.jpg
    by Andrew Rookes, on Flickr



    DSC_1069-Edit.jpg
    by Andrew Rookes, on Flickr

  3. #3
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    Re: Skylum Luminar

    Looks quite a useful tool, keep us posted on how you find Luminar after further use will you please?

    I'm looking into a decent editing software tool

  4. #4
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    Re: Skylum Luminar

    Which image is which?
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, D70, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Nikon 18-70mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  5. #5
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    Re: Skylum Luminar

    Tell me which image you prefer.... then I will state which is which.. just trying to see what people think..I be posting some more samples soon

  6. #6
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    Re: Skylum Luminar

    I guess I prefer the third, although all of them need more processing to be acceptable. I've never found the auto processing on any software to get you to a finished picture, but it sometimes provides a fairly decent starting point to work from.
    Woody Green

    Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

    D500, D7200, D7100, D70

  7. #7
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    Re: Skylum Luminar

    The middle image for the sky. The top image for the foreground. The bottom image for the middle/background.
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    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, D70, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Nikon 18-70mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  8. #8
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    Re: Skylum Luminar

    I would have to go with #3.
    "Remember to gaze up at the night sky because there is a little bit of the cosmos in each of us."


    Um yeahhhh, I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs.
    D500 (DOB 05/26/17), D300, D80, D100 R.I.P., SB-800

  9. #9
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    Re: Skylum Luminar

    Middle for me.

    First is to washed out. Last is too bright for me based on what I think it would look like with the clouds overhead and the fog in the valley. The middle one the ground could be a touch brighter, but the middle is my clear choice for the overall contrast as well.
    D5100, D7100, D600, D750, Df
    Lenses: Nikon DX 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 55-300mm, Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD & 200-500mm
    Prime: Nikon 35mm, 50mm, & 85mm f/1.8G, 300mm f/4
    Wide Angle: Tokina AT-X116 Pro DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8, Rokinon f/2.8 14mm (chipped)
    Macro: Nikon 40mm, Tamron 90mm
    ​Flash: Nissin MARK II Di622
    Stuff: Expodisc Neutral & Portrait
    ​Editing: CS6, CC, Nik Tools, Portrait Pro 12, Topaz
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  10. #10
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    Re: Skylum Luminar

    I get the feeling this is a spam post. I have this software and it is fine but LR is more stable, much faster and at $9.99 a month including the industry standard PhotoShop, its a bargain. There are a few things I like about Luminar, for example, it adds layers that can be stacked so fits in-between LR and PS.
    They are updating it often which is a good sign for the future and it is getting faster with each version. I do not like preset very much on any program because none are doing what the eye suggests is best, but fine for general users who want to keep things simple.
    For the price, it does a lot, still like LR better because when needed more editing flexibility you can move it into PS with one click. I am going to play with Luminar more since they just updated it again for 2018 and added a number of features. One impression that bothers me is that the impression of sharpness of an image being displayed while working on it is not as good as the Adobe products, when compared to LR. Anyone who does a lot of post-processing, will probably interested in trying the free trial. I bought it after playing with the trial for a week and think it is worth the modest price but I still prefer the LR PS combo. I got the same impression about DxO Lab

    Cool features include a lot of control of gradients, SunRays, polarising filters, layers, brushes, and masks.
    For someone who wants some of the versatility of layers but does not want to spend years learning to really get the most out of PS, Luminar could fit that middle ground between LR and PS. Both those programs are on opposite ends of the ease of mastering scale.





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