What’s In A Sunset? Macphun Luminar Windows Beta


I’m always willing to try new software and when Macphun anounced a beta version for Windows of their popular program for Mac called Luminar. I thought, why not? Especially as one of my favourite plugins NIK Color Efex is no longer supported by Google.

Luminar is already a well established piece of software for the Mac, so it will be interesting to see how it shapes up in Windows. As Macphun say;

Faster, even more powerful and now featuring Accent, the world’s first AI-powered photo filter. Make photos beautiful in seconds with 1 slider. Luminar adapts to your photo style to make complex photo editing easy and joyful. Prepare to be astonished.

So the first thing to note, this is still a beta version, it’s nowhere as feature rich as the Mac version, but I can still get a flavour of how the software works.

The first thing I noticed, there are quite a few ready-made presets, one click looks, that could fit a variety of purposes.

Normandy Sunrise

In the photograph above I have selected a  preset called Artistic Copper Strong. It’s quite good for any photograph that features a sunset.

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But you can also use filters to affect certain elements of a photograph, such as sharpness, colour, foreground, All in all there are about 65 filters you can use to affect your photograph

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This one was developed using some of the filters from Luminar

Night Star

Maybe it’s me, but during my first day of trialling Luminar I started gravitating to trying it out with sunsets, I seemed to be having better success with those. Photographs taken during the day didn’t seem to gain much advantage using Luminar. However it is early days, so I might change my mind.

Orange and Blue Sunset

Anyway, here’s a few photographs that I processed using Luminar

Nova Centre

Weston Beach Shelter

Reflections

It’s far too early to draw a conclusion as to whether or not I would incorporate Luminar into my workflow. First of all the program is not complete and Macphun have a long way to go before the Windows version will equal the power of the Mac one. But it is still in beta.

At the moment, I have found it great with sunsets but I’m still indecisive as to ordinary photographs, personally I think NIK Color Efex does a better job.

Disclaimer: I’m not being paid to write this, nor am I getting free software, or anything like that. Macphun have made the beta free to download to all Windows users but the final version will be a paid model. I have included links to the Macphun Facebook page and their website in case anyone wishes to have a look at Luminar for themselves.

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19 comments

  1. Thanks for the head-up on Luminar. I shall upload it later and play around with it (I’m a sucker for things like this). I use Photoshop on Windows which I find more than satisfactory but always room for improvement. I’m still using Win 7 however.

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    • No reason why it shouldn’t run in Windows 7. I do a lot of testing of software. some I really like and will continue to use. Others I just give up on if they don’t add anything to my photography

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  2. Great photos Mike, the artistic copper setting has worked a treat with the plough photo!, And thanks for the info about Luminar for windows, I’ll certainly give it a go. I’ve hardly got any sunset photos, so it’ll be interesting to see how it goes 🙂

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  3. It looks really interesting. Still, I’m on such an endless learning curve with LR and PS that I hardly dare try any other software. I really love some of these photos – the first one is beautiful and I can see the advantage of Artistic Copper Strong. I also really like the photograph of the ferry. It’s something I do quite often – increase saturation in the subject and reduce it in the background, but in LR and PS it can be quite a painstaking process.
    Alison

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    • That ferry sort of happened more by accident, than anything else, Alison. I’m still not sure about Luminar, but Macphun have a long way to go before the windows version equals the Mac one.

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