iPhone, travel, What I Am Working On

What I Am Working On: Luminar

New to my blog for this year will be a series of posts called “What I am Working On”. These post will include images that are in the process of being edited and notes on the editing process.

This photo is a window shot on a recent flight from Berlin:

ISO 25 f/2.2 1/2262 sec 4.22mm

The first step in my process was actually to update my Luminar software to Luminar 3 that includes a library feature. I am happy to say that Luminar had no problem linking to my library that I keep on an external drive.

For editing, I was using this photo, shot on my iPhone, because it has GPS data in it. I’m disappointed that the GPS data does not show in Luminar. Research on-line suggests that it may be a feature added this year. The work around for now is to open the file in the Inspector on my Mac, and the information shows there. This is important to me since I often refer to iPhone photos for the GPS information when I am looking at photos that I took several months ago and want an exact location.

Luminar does seem to save edits automatically. I also verified that the catalog, which holds the data for the edits, is saving to the folder I set up for it.

Next steps for another work session: 1) Sort out how to backup my catalog to a second, separate drive. 2) Figure out how to export a file that has edits without the edits.

Posts like these will sometimes be added into photo challenges but often will not. Readers of this blog know that I welcome thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below.

Cheers and Happy 2019!

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Flowers, Luminar, One Word Sunday, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography, Picfair, Six Word Saturday

Daffodil Variation from Color to Monochrome

The daffodil is my favorite flower:

ISO 2500 50mm f/11 1/100sec

Here devoid of color not texture:

ISO 2500 50mm f/11 1/100sec

Tell me your favorite, comment below.

Cheers!

Picfair version is here in black and white and here in color.

Added to One Word Sunday, Monochrome, Cee’s Flower of the Day, and Six-Word Saturday.

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Go Big, Or Go Home

I’ve made a big decision this week. Well, photographically speaking anyway. I’ve bought a new editing software, Luminar 2018. For its first real trial run I pulled out a photo of the Alhambra:

ISO 1000 19mm f/13 1/1250sec

The Alhambra is a huge complex. I had walked it the day before and was interested in getting a shot that would show how it fits into the local landscape.  The file below is my edited version:

ISO 1000 19mm f/13 1/1250sec

As with anything new, it is obvious to me that I will be watching a lot of tutorials on how to use Luminar more effectively.  As far as advanced tools go, one that I really want to work well in my editing software is the eraser tool. In the original file, mid-ground, on the right side, there is a crane. I removed it for the bottom file. The edit was pretty easy to make, once I’d watched a video explaining the steps. I was happy with the result as well.

If you like to read about editing, I’ll talk a bit here about why I made this purchase. I have been using Lightroom and Photoshop as my main editing tools. My two most serious complaints about them are the subscription model and the need for an internet connection to use them. Buying a stand-alone piece of software requires a one-time purchase, I’m never obligated to buy an upgrade. To be honest, because I do a lot of editing, I probably will buy an upgrade at some point. With this software, no internet is needed to make my edits. In the coming years, I do see myself as potentially being in places with less internet.

Why did I buy now? A couple of factors. Luminar 2018 is coming out with a library feature that will potentially boost the cost of this software. I purchased it now and will have access to that update at no additional cost. Another important factor is that in March my Adobe subscription will be due for renewal. Buying now gives me time to learn this software and see if it will actually work for my needs. If it doesn’t, Luminar does actually work as a plug-in with Photoshop and Lightroom. That’s what my research indicated anyway. At this point, I have not installed it as such, because I would like to use Luminar as much as possible on its own, in order to make a better decision for myself come March.

What can you expect as a reader of this blog? Me, experimenting. Because I already write a lot about my editing process my posts will be very similar I expect. Making this switch has already been several months of research in the making. As a reader, you will see the results unfold. Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question below.

Cheers!

Added to Tuesday Photo Challenge, Go Big!

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