Thursday, December 29, 2016

Luminar: Further experiments in editing

I have been experimenting with Luminar, the new photo editor from Macphun. In many ways, it's similar to Photoshop and so many of the other photo editors out there. That's an advantage, especially after many years of using Photoshop. However, it's easy to use and has some presets that make life easy for the novice.

The image above was taken at Cressing Temple Barns in Essex and is of one of the 4 faces of the water fountain in the garden. On the day I took the image, the weather was quite dull. In Luminar I used on of the presets as a starter. The preset I choose was one of the 'Outdoor' presets, called 'Abandoned Place'. I then tweaked the detailed settings to boost contrast and sharpness. The default settings were also a little bit bright for my taste so I reduced exposure slightly.

At the end of the day, the final result is somewhat subjective and down to personal taste entirely. You might like it or not. The software is certainly easy to use and play around with various options so you could quickly try a few alternatives and find something to your liking. I am happy with the software and at the moment I use it as my main photo editor.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Luminar - a new way to edit your photographs

Luminar from Macphun

Introduced as:
"Meet the world’s first photo editor that adapts to your style & skill level.
Luminar is the supercharged photo software that makes complex editing
easy & enjoyable. And it is as responsive and beautiful as your Mac.

Luminar promises to be a user-friendly way of editing your photographs, whilst also offering value for money. Currently on offer, now is a good time to purchase Luminar, as you can save 80% on the normal purchase price. Included in the deal are some great extras, including:

1. E-books by Andrew Gibson:

    1. Mastering Composition: A Photographer’s Guide to Seeing takes you on a journey beyond the rule of thirds and explores all the principles of composition you need to understand in order to create beautifully designed and emotive photos.
    2. Mastering Lenses: A Photographer’s Guide to Creating Beautiful Photos With Any Lens is written for everybody who wants to learn how to use their lenses to create better photos.
    3. Mastering Photography – the simple guide you’ve been looking for that teaches you how to use your digital camera. It explains how to use a digital camera in language a complete beginner can easily understand.

2. A huge 373 Sky overlays for Sky Replacement.

3. A Creative PortraitsPreset Pack

4. How to Shoot Sandscapes Video Tutorial by Baber Afzal

If you are wondering what the software can do then click on the graphic below (in case you wondering, I have indeed signed up for the affiliate account so if you do purchase I will earn a little something to help with the cost of running this blog).

I bought the beta version and loved it. I will be soon posting examples of what's possible with the software. Safe to say that it's been a while since I opened up Photoshop!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas is almost here.

They say that the best camera is the one you have with you. In this case, it was my iPhone. The scene was taken just before Christmas in 2015. It's taken in Howarth, Yorkshire, close to 
Brontë Parsonage Museum. Considering the evening light it's not bad quality. Unfortunately, I don't have an image taken on a camera at the same time to compare it with for noise levels etc.  I wish all of you a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

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