- Key features in Skylum Luminar 2018
- Using essential image editing controls
- Developing aerial photographs
- Creating beautiful landscape photos
- Creating inspirational nature photos
- Portrait photo editing essentials
- Fixing a group of photos with a batch process
Skill Level Advanced
- Welcome. Today we're going to explore how Luminar can become a critical component in your digital imaging workflow. My name's Rich Harrington and like most of you I'm a photographer. I'm going to share with you how Luminar helps me solve common image problems, as well as give my images a really polished look. There's a lot of benefits to using Luminar and my goal is that I help you unlock all of the best features, so you can really bring your images to life. To begin, we'll take a quick overview of Luminar, getting you familiar with the user interface, making sure that you're comfortable finding all of the tools that you need.
Luminar is very easy to use but I want to make sure that you don't miss the most useful parts. Once that's done, we'll explore the Quick and Awesome workspace. This is a great way to quickly process your images as well as take advantage of the Accent AI Filter which analyzes your photo, and makes it quick to bring out the details and unlock the best photo. I like to use this Quick and Awesome workspace when I get back from a busy day of shooting. This way I can easily process the images and start sharing them, maybe to get feedback from a client, or just to let people know what I've been up to on social media.
While Luminar offers more than 40 filters, there are a collection of essential controls that you'll find yourself using most often. Let's explore some of the most common image adjustments that you'll need to make for most pictures. I want you to really know how to unlock the best details in your photo, and by mastering a couple of tools, you'll be able to do that. Then we'll have a little bit of fun. We'll take a look at how Luminar can be used to process images shot on a aerial camera such as a drone, or on an action camera. These cameras tend to really lose a lot of image details but Luminar does a great job of bringing them back.
Next we'll explore one of my favorite genres of photography: black and white photography. I love the classic feel of a great black and white, but there's much more to it than just de-saturating the color. We'll explore how to emphasize different areas of detail, as well as take advantage of a texture layer and blending modes to really add a bit of age to the image. This will allow a truly beautiful image to come through and let us explore how to add depth and detail. Plus, once we get it done to one image, I'll show you how easy it is to apply it as a preset to a second photo, and then tweak a bit as needed.
I love capturing landscape photos and Luminar does an amazing job of working with raw files. We can unlock all sorts of detail in the skies and recover tough areas of exposure. Plus, there are some great tools to help you relight the photo, bringing out the beauty of the sunlight or taking advantage of areas that are plagued by too much light, or too little. We'll keep working with natural beauty and move on to an image that shows nature. I want you to see how you can really sharpen details as well as selectively dodge and burn to frame the subject.
We'll take a look at how we can bring out selective colors, targeting different areas of the photo for more saturation or less. This means that we can really make the subject pop and create an image that's impactful. Next, we'll explore some essential techniques when working with portraits. Luminar is a full-feature tool including the ability to clone and erase. This means that you can remove small blemishes quite easily for great looking skin, and with some filters specifically designed for portraits, there's a lot you can do to really add drama to an image and make a compelling photo.
Finally, I'll show you how you can adjust one image and then sync that adjustment to several photos. This is called the Batch process and what it really means is that you can save a ton of time, giving you more opportunities to get back out there and take some pictures in the field. We've got a lot of ground to cover. I invite you to go ahead and watch the course in order to get the most out of it. However, if you're more interested in one type of photography over another, you can easily jump around as well.