What are your thoughts about Luminar? My first impression is heart heart heart.

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SonyOB Contributing Member • Posts: 834
What are your thoughts about Luminar? My first impression is heart heart heart.

It is so much fun and so easy.
I do understand that for the serious adults this might not be the software of choice.
for people like me trying to keep my distant family amused, this is just what I was looking for!

I have PS and DxO and all kinds of stuff.
But this little software is just so much fun, easy to use and dramatic enough.
I love it, it makes me smile!

Do you see how the Force is surrounding her?
I never saw it before. I did not make it.

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Paul Barnard Veteran Member • Posts: 3,197
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SonyOB wrote:

It is so much fun and so easy.
I do understand that for the serious adults this might not be the software of choice.
for people like me trying to keep my distant family amused, this is just what I was looking for!

I have PS and DxO and all kinds of stuff.
But this little software is just so much fun, easy to use and dramatic enough.
I love it, it makes me smile!

Do you see how the Force is surrounding her?
I never saw it before. I did not make it.

Like you I have most SW packages out there but increasingly Luminar is the one I open first. It’s so quick to get to an idea of what the image could be. While it can be heavy handed it is flexible enough to do some pretty sympathetic editing.

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irv00 Senior Member • Posts: 1,439
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I think it sucks. Other people may like it. Mine is just my honest and very personal opinion based on comparing it with standard comercial alternatives like Lightroom/PS, Capture One, DOX, etc.

It truly sucks in terms of features and performance. That’s what I think.

Lloyd O'Daniel Regular Member • Posts: 435
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irv00 wrote:

I think it sucks. Other people may like it. Mine is just my honest and very personal opinion based on comparing it with standard comercial alternatives like Lightroom/PS, Capture One, DOX, etc.

It truly sucks in terms of features and performance. That’s what I think.

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CMCM Senior Member • Posts: 4,887
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I like it a lot.  It took awhile to learn to use it without overusing it....less is more....but now I'm comfortable with it and pretty much always use it first.  At the end I export to my older Photoshop CS6 to do a couple of things that I prefer to do in PS, but for the most part, the majority of my processing is done in Luminar.

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SonyOB wrote:

Do you see how the Force is surrounding her?
I never saw it before. I did not make it.

That's called a halo. It's a bug, not a feature.

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OP SonyOB Contributing Member • Posts: 834
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Oh, I thought it was a Kirlian effect.

(No, I did not really think that. I pretended I did as an attempt to make somebody smile knowingly. My sense of humor does not cut it on this forum, not at all.)

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plaatje Contributing Member • Posts: 648
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SonyOB wrote:

It is so much fun and so easy.
I do understand that for the serious adults this might not be the software of choice.
for people like me trying to keep my distant family amused, this is just what I was looking for!

I have PS and DxO and all kinds of stuff.
But this little software is just so much fun, easy to use and dramatic enough.
I love it, it makes me smile!

Do you see how the Force is surrounding her?
I never saw it before. I did not make it.

You just gave a very good example how bad this software is!

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Paul Barnard Veteran Member • Posts: 3,197
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plaatje wrote:

SonyOB wrote:

It is so much fun and so easy.
I do understand that for the serious adults this might not be the software of choice.
for people like me trying to keep my distant family amused, this is just what I was looking for!

I have PS and DxO and all kinds of stuff.
But this little software is just so much fun, easy to use and dramatic enough.
I love it, it makes me smile!

Do you see how the Force is surrounding her?
I never saw it before. I did not make it.

You just gave a very good example how bad this software is!

alternatively, if the OP likes it, of how good the SW is...

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plaatje Contributing Member • Posts: 648
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Sure, everybody can like something that isn’t good, can we?🤣

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Paul Barnard Veteran Member • Posts: 3,197
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plaatje wrote:

Sure, everybody can like something that isn’t good, can we?🤣

Not everyone has the same opinion and stating your own opinion as the only right opinion is a little arrogant. 
Personally I find the halos Incongruous but the OP’s reference to them as ‘the force’ clearly indicated it was an effect he enjoyed.

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plaatje Contributing Member • Posts: 648
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So, maybe I belong to the serious adults as the OP said . . .

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OP SonyOB Contributing Member • Posts: 834
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Being right is what matters. Especially in matters of taste.

(another joke)

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SonyOB wrote:

Being right is what matters. Especially in matters of taste.

(another joke)

A statement of fact for many people...

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Bunjo Regular Member • Posts: 318
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I expect a great deal depends on what you use post processing for. I like to use photography to 'document' what I see and apply a stylistic/fine art treatment to a few of those photographs. So I use DXO as an 'image processor', Affinity as a 'pixel processor', and Topaz Studio as a 'style processor'. They all overlap to some extent.

If I was a professional Wedding Photographer or a professional artist of some kind then I would almost certainly use a LR/PS combination - because that is an industry standard.  I gave up the monthly subscription when I found out that I didn't want to work in the methodology imposed by LR/PS.

I tried Luminar and, even allowing for the learning curve, it didn't cover what I wanted to do very well, and didn't fit into my workflow. But it may well suit other people with different needs and expectations.

OP SonyOB Contributing Member • Posts: 834
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Paul Barnard wrote:

SonyOB wrote:

Being right is what matters. Especially in matters of taste.

(another joke)

A statement of fact for many people...

Sort of funny, sort of sad. Human.

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jerrysdean43 Contributing Member • Posts: 900
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I think it is software that is more for folks that like to over edit their photos than like to take better photos.  I think the company lacks favorable business ethics.

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OP SonyOB Contributing Member • Posts: 834
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jerrysdean43 wrote:

I think it is software that is more for folks that like to over edit their photos than like to take better photos. I think the company lacks favorable business ethics.

http://jerrysdean43.zenfolio.com/

I cannot see how using a software every now and then would in any way change my identity or my attitude toward photography or life in general.

"Enough of this"

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lacogada Regular Member • Posts: 477
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sabrina81 wrote:

That's called a halo. It's a bug, not a feature.

Had me rolling on the floor with that one

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