Luminar 4 wants to make editing photos more fun and less boring

Nov 13, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Nov 13, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Skylum has come a long way since the Macphun days. Since breaking out of their Mac-only shell and expanding out into Windows, their software has come on leaps and bounds for both platforms in terms of both capabilities as well as performance. We caught up with Skylum CEO, Alex Tsepko, at PhotoPlus 2019 in New York last month to have a chat about the new features coming to Luminar 4.

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A lot of features for the upcoming release have been announced over the last few months covering a wide range of photography needs. Centred primarily around AI, new features include a Sky Replacement tool, a Structure tool to enhance details, a Skin Enhancer to clean up skin tones while still offering a natural appearance and many more.

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The new features expand Luminar’s capabilities quite considerably over previous versions, and they’ve managed to make the whole thing run faster, too. Increasing performance has been a big driving force for Skylum over the last few versions as images get larger and user demands are more intensive.

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AI Skin Enhancer & Portrait EnhancerSkylum’s goal with Luminar is to simplify the editing process as much as possible in order to make the process accessible to as many photographers as they can. A lot of hobbyist photographers will skip the post-processing stage purely because of a lack of understanding, or it takes so long that it becomes boring. Luminar, they hope, will be the tool for those photographers to be able to get the most out of their images that they can with the least amount of fuss and maybe make it a little more fun.

Luminar 4 is set to be released on 18 November 2019, but it’s already out for preorders on Luminar’s website. Pre-orders include a bonus one-year plan to SmugMug (worth $180) and costs $79//€79/£72 for a new purchase and $69/€69/£64 for an upgrade. When released on November 18, the price will jump to $89/€89/£81 new and $69/€69/£64 for an upgrade.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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6 responses to “Luminar 4 wants to make editing photos more fun and less boring”

  1. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    No chance to beat Lightroom 9

    1. Arcanum Avatar
      Arcanum

      Luminar 4 (I have early access) definitely does some things better than the current version of Lightroom. Even without getting into the AI-driven tools, Luminar’s basic development sliders (highlights, shadows, etc.) do a better job handling exposure extremes without messing up the mid tones. You can duplicate the results in Lightroom with the tone curves tool, but it’s more work.

      On the other hand Lightroom does some other things better than Luminar. I haven’t tried the Luminar 4 denoise tool, but (for instance) the Luminar 3 denoise tool kind of sucked compared to Lightroom’s.

  2. Stephan Hughes Avatar
    Stephan Hughes

    No, I spent more time restarting Luminar 3 than editing photos.

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      Stephan Hughes

      Here is hoping they address the stability issues on the windows version.

    2. Arcanum Avatar
      Arcanum

      In my experience, this is partially/mostly a RAM issue. 16GB isn’t enough for (e.g.) a 24MP image. The program is liable to run out of memory and crash. I upgraded to 32GB and had far fewer problems.

      Quickly jumping between multiple images will end up spiking the RAM usage even more, and is more likely to crash the program as a result. I think this is because Luminar doesn’t cache edited versions of the images and instead re-runs the edits every time you look at the image. Unfortunately, Luminar 4 doesn’t seem to have fixed this.

  3. Paul Richards Avatar
    Paul Richards

    I use it all the time. No problems at all on my macs