I’ve had a little more time to work with Luminar and in general I’m liking it.
But there are some changes from Lightroom that take getting used to.
- If you use Apples Photos as your Digital Asset Manager (DAM) then your Luminar processing history is not retained by either app. This may be rectified when Luminar’s bespoke DAM arrives.
- This lack of history makes it hard to remember how particular images were processed and therefore it’s can be hard to recreate styles, unless you made a preset of the style.
- There is a vast array of variables when processing in professional mode eg workspaces, filters, presets and LUTS. This makes a powerful processing tool, but it is slightly overwhelming in the early days. Hopefully this will be refined as the software matures.
- The gradient filter appears slightly more subtle than Lightroom’s. Although I may be applying it incorrectly.
- Because Luminar uses layers, sometimes I’ve had difficulty combining these rather than a new layer cancelling or masking an earlier one. Again this can probably be dealt with by understanding blend modes.
Having said all that, I’m generally happy with the results.
I have just started to migrate from Lightroom to Luminar. At the moment it means using Apple Photos as my catalogue and Luminar as an external editor.
Luminar has a few rought edges which I think Skylum is addressing. For example, I find it a little laggy at times, it actually crashed twice during the first couple of hours of experimentaion. There also seems to be an issue with the apparent sharpness of files during processing. With regard to sharpness, I found it best to apply sharpening in Photos itself after processing in Luminar.
The Luminar user experience is very different to Lightroom and I’m taking a while to acclimatise. However, I have hight hopes that I will be able to develop a streamlined workflow.
The main reason I moved to the new software is the subscription model that Adobe has established. Call me a luddite, but, where possible, I prefer the standalone software option; especially at a third of the price (Luminar is currently on sale on the app store).
It took me a moment or two to catch on… But I have certainly shared the frustration felt by some at Apple’s reductionist tendencies, with iWorks, Aperture and now the humble but useful headphone jack. For the article click here.
This image is my first processed using Lightroom.
Sadly Apple have decided to stop developing Aperture and when I recently upgraded my OS I was unable to use Aperture at all. So, I finally made the switch to Adobe. It’s hard to argue with one of the most successful brands of all time, but I don’t personally like Apple’s apparent ongoing abandonment of pro users.
First impressions, in my opinion Aperture was much more user friendly. But Lightroom seems like a pretty powerful tool and despite what I find an ugly interface it will do the job just fine.