Luminar 4

screen grab of Luminar 4
screen grab of Luminar 4

If you are like myself and many other creatives who use and rely on software to get the job done. You may well be sick of Adobe’s new licensing model? I have always been a proponent of alternatives to the mainstream and prior to 2002, there were several much better software programs out there that left Photoshop in the dirt. Fast forward now to the next century and somehow Adobe has become the Microsoft of the creative industries.

screengrab of Lumnar 4
the editing panel of Luminar 4

Have no fear there ARE alternatives. One such player is Skylum software’s Luminar 4. I have been paying for this software for a couple of years now and when version 4 arrived with DAM built-in I was ecstatic. Luminar 4 has several features that beat the pants off Lightroom. These features are great if you are a novice digital photographer and want to get up to speed using software to enhance your raw files. At about $90.00 AU it’s a steal for the current version. [If you click through on this link it helps me with discounts moving forward].

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the processing screen show the before and after preview

Before writing this article I did some digging to find some comparisons between Adobe Lightroom and Luminar and found this excellent article, by, Usnea Lebendig on shotkit.com. Here’s an in-depth article on Luminar itself; also on shotkit.com.

I won’t repeat what has been written other than to say the fact that I do not need to import images into the software to work means a lot. I expect version 5 of Luminar to knock Lightroom off its perch. Currently I use the two packages side by side, and given my approach to software generally, I should give the AI features in Luminar more of a go.

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The info tab of the interface

Other features that both Lightroom and Luminar have that are useful are the option to review/preview edits. Luminar’s online help looks more succinct and direct than Adobe’s I feel too.

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Gary over at Thoughtfactory is now writing a newsletter. Like so many  he is distancing himself from the devils bargain that is “free” Facebook gmail and so on.  I totally support this move back to the pre facebook era. A time when blogs and blogging held sway. At absolutely no cost to the reader.

Encourage him and others like him so we can reclaim the web.

Here’s a little list of newsletters I subscribe too.

  • Craig Mod [Ridgeline free] [Roden Subscriber based] is a Japanese based Photographer and Writer.
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  • Andy Adams is a US based Curator and all round friend of photography.
  • Lewis Bush is a UK based Academic and Writer
  • Suzanne Phoenix is a Melbourne Based Photographer Photobook maker and Artist.
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