Travels with Luminar

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.



We recently had a holiday in the north of Scotland. There was not a great deal of street opportunities. But there was plenty of time and space to rediscover the joy of landscape photography. 

I sometimes read about street photographers who don’t want to be restricted by the genre. And they’ve got a point. Any photography is good for developing your eye and technique. 

Holiday Snaps

We were in the Western Isles recently on holiday. It’s clearly not the street photography centre of the universe but there are some great opportunities for capturing people on holiday. The image above is of people watching planes land on the Beach at Barra airport. It was amazing to see planes landing on the sand and the sight attracts a crowd.  
The cattle shows and Highland games across the Outer Hebrides also provide great chances for photographing people. However having missed these events, most of the photos I took were landscapes. Eg the image below of Castlebay, Barra.

It was actually a nice change to shoot scenery. I suppose ultimately it doesn’t really matter what label you put on an image. The principles are all pretty much the same; lighting, composition and timing. Here’s another couple of favourites. 

Fear and Proximity 

This is a friend of mine. She didn’t notice me as I arrived at her bus stop and I already had my camera so I thought I’d get a candid shot. 

I got in closer than normal, without sticking the lens right in her face. I also shot with the sigma 30mm f2.8 instead of my usual Pany 20mm f1.7. I prefer the framing of the 30mm and the ability to stand further back, but I often feel that it’s not wide enough for classic street photography.  

But the main reason I got in close it that I wasn’t afraid of the reaction I’d get. I knew if my subject noticed me she would be pleased not irritated.  It makes me wonder what type of shots I’d get if I overcame a fear of negative responses.