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.

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