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  • ttthy says:

    Do you use Luminar exclusively? I use Capture One right now. I am thinking about changing but I am not sure if Luminar is a full replacement.

  • Dan says:

    Right now, I’m using Luminar for all of my processing and Photo Mechanic for initial culling/editing/keywording, but I’m still using LR for my main catalog. That’s mostly because the Library release of Luminar is brand new, and I’ve only been testing it for a short time. The lack of keywording/captions in the initial release will probably prevent the from switching over entirely from LR right now, but as soon as the final release version of Luminar 3 comes out, I’ll start copying my entire image library over and see how things go.

    For people who don’t rely on keywords to search through 100K+ photos on a regular basis, and who are easily able to find their images by sorting in folders by locations and dates, then Luminar could easily be a full replacement as is.

  • Malcolm Daly says:

    Based on your recommendation from last year’s bought Luminar and will upgrade to the version with libraries when it’s available. I do have a couple of questions though:

    #1-I can see that it’s possible to import files and folders into Luminar but is it possible to import processed images? Can I import the Collections from LR?

    #2-Is there a mobile app for Luminar? How do I show others my portfolios?


  • Dan says:

    Hi Malcolm – #1: There isn’t a way to import collections yet, but you can create new Albums, which are essentially collections. Hopefully, they’ll add smart collections in a future update. #2: There’s no mobile app for Luminar at this time, but there are a number of good mobile portfolio apps, like Portfolio for iPad and FolioBook. I often show portfolios which are additional albums created right on my iPhone and iPad. Hope that helps. -Dan

  • Malcolm Daly says:

    Sorry to bother you again. When you import into Luminar does it import the processed photos from LR or just the DNG files? If I bring in all the images that I’ve processed in LR will have to re-process them in Luminar?

  • Dan says:

    No worries. Questions are good. The program just looks at folders, so any kind of image file inside a folder will be brought into the Library, DNG files included. However, LR’s edits are proprietary, and they won’t cross over to any other non-Adobe program. In theory, you’d have to re-process them again, but hopefully you have master TIFF/JPEG versions of your final processed selects saved somewhere that you can import as well.

  • Marc Feldesman says:

    Luminar 3 is buggier than any piece of software I’ve ever used. Can’t handle a catalog of 150,000 images. Faster with 2000 images,but completely hangs on simple crops and minor exposure adjustments. Can’t handle XT-3 photos, has trouble with D850 photos, but handles the Z6 just fine. Go figure. It isn’t a work in progress. It is barely an alpha release.

  • Zack says:

    Not sure if you saw my comment on another one of your posts but I’m trying to figure out if what I am experiencing is a common problem. I cannot even use Luminar 2018 with Libraries right now. It crashes upon opening. Seems like if you crop images in a certain way it causes it to crash. when you scroll by those images in your library it forces it to crash. But then when you try to reopen your library it naturally goes back to where you were in your library which means it goes to that image that caused the crash. And it just crashes and crashes and crashes. I cannot even open the app. I am running an up-to-date 2018 MacBook Pro.

  • Dan says:

    Hi Zack, that should not happen with a 2018 MacBook Pro. I’ve found Luminar 3 to be pretty stable on my 2010 Mac Pro and my 2012(?) MacBook Pro. Had you tried contacting Skylum Support? They’re usually pretty good about helping people with issues. If you have trouble reaching them, let me know and I can try to connect you directly. -Dan

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