Full Review of Luminar 2018 for Mac and Windows — 15 Comments

  1. Thanks Dan for going the extra mile to answer my question. Based on your review and answers I am going to try Luminar and explore a new workflow.

  2. Hi Dan,

    Thanks for the great in depth review , I installed luminar today and will be familiarizing myself with it’s capabilities over this weekend. I am a lightroom 6 user and also using On 1 Raw so it will be interesting to see what the luminar presets and tools can do to my X trans XT2 pictures I took in Scotland last month. Great blogs and your Xt2 eBook I have referenced many times in my travels .

  3. Nice 🙂
    Thank you for your review of the new software. All news that can save my time I think is welcome. In fact, I bought licenses for Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018 a week ago. Aurora is very nice to use and it’s easy to make realistic photographs with it. My next post on Instagram (@irjalca) will be made with Aurora HDR 2018.
    It was nice to hear from you again. Thank you for giving us your time, publishing useful information!
    Greetings from Finland

    PS. Changing to Luminar and Aurora gives me a saving of 744 € / year, so I save money too, not just time.

  4. Great review Dan! Very helpful as i’m Looking for a LIghtroom replacement. I’ve used Lightroom for years, so it’s difficult to learn new software. But I’m not happy with the way it handles Fuji raw files, and not happy about the change to subscription only. I like ON1 2018 and am also excited to try Luminar. I just wish they had the DAM functionality now instead of waiting until next year.

  5. Wow, that’s a considerable savings!!! I haven’t tried Aurora HDR, I’ll look for your next IG post to check out how it looks in real world use. And thanks of your comment, Carl, glad you enjoy the review. Enjoy your new post processing life and take care! -Dan

  6. Luminar 2018 is amazing.

    However, you need a powerful system to process RAW files. My system has an Intel i5-6200U CPU, with an SSD drive and 8G of RAM, and it simply cannot take on Luminar 2018. Topaz and Affinity is doing just fine on this system when processing the same RAW files.

  7. Thanks much Dan, Not a fan of Adobe so am going to try this on my Windows 7 machine..

  8. Interesting. I’m running a 7 year old Mac and Luminar 2018 runs fine on my machine, as does Affinity. Haven’t tried Topaz on this Mac. I have 24GB of RAM, though. Adding more RAM is the best, and least expensive way to make your computer run faster, and nearly all modern software will benefit from more RAM. That said, if you’re happy running Topaz and Affinity, then at least you have capable photo software. However, as you probably know, at some point, you’ll need to either upgrade your machine or add more memory. Thanks for the comment!

  9. Hello Dan, based in your excellent review I decided to buy Luminar 2018. My OS is Windows 10.The version for Windows is far from being as the Mac’s version. It has been released and still needs a lot to be considered as an option. I believe that Macphun has made a mistake releasing a product full of bugs.

  10. Hi Dan! Thanks for the review. Does Luminar “import” (sorry, I don’t know the correct term) the camera profile in RAW images from fuji? One of the things I liked from LR was that even if I shot a photo in RAW, I can easily re-create the film simulation I used when I took the shot by adjusting the Camera Calibration profile. Is there a similar feature in Luminar or do you need to use LUT’s for this? Cheers!

  11. Thanks for an excellent review. I have for long now been tired of the subscription plan that Adobe has been forcing its users on to. Luminar looks like a potential replacement for Lightroom and I certainly want to give it a try.

  12. Hi Otto, Luminar is definitely worth a try, it’s a great program. If nothing else, it’s about time that Adobe had some competition!

  13. Hi Ennio, I can’t speak for the Windows version, but I do know that Skylum has a schedule for Windows updates and bug fixes, the first of which should come this week. I’m told that by February, the Windows version should have all of the features. If you’re experiencing bugs, I would encourage you to submit your concerns to the support people, as the developers are very interesting in hearing feedback.

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