A quick update and Luminar 3

These next ten days offer little opportunity for me to interact with blogs I follow. I mean, I might interact . . . but I might not.

Same for posting. I’ll try to post a few things but I don’t know how easy it will be. It’s a traveling thing, you see. Or, you will see. Or, you might not see. We’ll see.

Meanwhile . . .

One-click Luminar 3 edit

Some people might know I have a SmugMug membership. Well, as a perk, they gave me a free license to Luminar 3 (by Skylum).

OK, really, it’s not like I need another photo editing program (Photoshop, Lightroom, Affinity, DxO, Nik Collection, On1, a slew of Topaz offerings, and a few other programs I hardly ever remember I have.

But, I read a few reviews and . . . well, I downloaded it and tried it. I have to admit I like it. I’m not sure if it’s just because it’s new or because I was swayed by the reviews of photographers more capable than I am. I’d like to think it’s because it works well and produces decent results with minimal effort. Mind it, I barely scratched the surface of what it does (I’m busy, busy, busy and stole an hour I probably don’t have).

Ironically, I’m not including a SmugMug gallery (no time) but you can click on the photo for a larger version.

The above are photos I’ve shared before (or photos similar to those I shared before). They don’t have my currently-preferred border option (not sure Luminar can add borders) nor do the photos have my watermark.

Here are a few photos you haven’t seen yet. First, a JPG of the original Nikon D7500 NEF file shot with the kit lens.

Earlier this month — while sitting outside sipping on some coffee and learning about the D7500  — I saw the sky quickly change. I mean, quickly. And it looked odd. Not the kind of clouds I usually see.

For sure, I thought we were in for some weather. And, we were . . . but it was just regular weather. But the sky looked awesome.

Anyway, here are a few Luminar 3 processed versions of the above.

Here’s a photo shortly after I took the above photo.

I would call that a dramatic sky . . . so I opted for two dramatic looks.

Canned setting

Canned setting modified by me

I saved that last look because I have many more shots of the sky . . . which I will eventually post.

Meanwhile, one last original and processed with Luminar 3 version.

As shot

My super-duper dramatic setting

OK, so I could have done the same (or close, or better) with my current tools. But, this was quick and painless. Plus, the program searched and finds all your photos (something like Picasa used to do) and creates a Library you can work off of.

My guess is that this would be a pretty good replacement for Lightroom for them who just want to own a piece of software instead of renting it. Again, I literally only scratched the surface and I’ve not yet bothered reading what all the program can do.

But, so far, I’m impressed. I’ll be putting Luminar 3 through its paces soon.

Here’s the gallery of the above:

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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Odd guy with odd views living an odd life during odd times.
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16 Responses to A quick update and Luminar 3

  1. Ggreybeard says:

    Not an unreasonable price if you want to save time processing each image.


    • disperser says:

      If you’re referring to “free”, yeah. If you’re referring to the actual price, for what you get, probably. Depends on what you normally do and what software you already have.


  2. AnnMarie says:

    I do like the sharpness that Luminar gives the photos. And, naturally, the added drama.

    Two thumbs up for the Sky & Grasses, the Sunny Flowers and Mr. Grasshopper photos! I have to admit I’m not a fan of bugs, however, that grasshopper would make an excellent subject for a future watercolor painting. Nice!

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  3. oneowner says:

    I can’t get enough cloud photos. These are wonderful. Nice work!


  4. Love the birdies bathing and the grasshopper sunning!
    Your sky shots are spectacular! And that top flower photo is beautiful…love the layers of colors!
    Enjoy your travels! Be safe! Have fun! Take photos! :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)


  5. mvschulze says:

    Is that the Face of GOD in those last two image??? Not that I have made up my mind yet about all the GODs up there, but, just saying, Luminar must have some great power, M :-)


    • disperser says:

      Insomuch that it looks evil, probably is a God or similar blowhard.

      As for making up one’s mind, in the words of Spider-Man, “with great power comes great responsibility”.

      Given that people don’t hold God responsible for anything other than trivial interventions, it must not be very powerful.

      Can’t speak to Luminar’s power yet, but it is quick.


  6. Robert Smith says:

    Lovely pictures. I love all of these


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