• John Walser says:

    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.

  • Dan says:

    My pleasure, John! I hope you like the program.

  • Allan Thompson says:

    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 .

  • Carl says:

    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.

  • Geoff says:

    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.

  • Dan says:

    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

  • Iulian says:

    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.

  • Randyl l Haugen says:

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

  • Dan says:

    Hi Randy, let me know how you like the program! And since you’ll be using the PC version, you might want to check this doc to see the schedule of when new features will be added to the Windows version.

  • Dan says:

    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!

  • Ennio Fratini says:

    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.

  • Bochie Maceda says:

    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!

  • 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.

  • Dan says:

    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!

  • Dan says:

    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.

  • Ted Haley says:

    Hi Dan I have a Mac Pro 17,one of the last ones made. Been an Aperture user for many years.
    Had a virus and had to upgrade to Sierra,and no longer have the use of Aperture. I purchased Luminar 2018 and going through tutorials trying to get a handle on usage. There is a library with Aperture to import and export images. What is the procedure for Luminar? I am not a Computer whizz by any means,retired 77 years young and appreciate any help!
    Thanks Ted

  • Dan says:

    Hi Ted, As of right now, Luminar does not have a library/catalog aspect, but they will be introducing this feature to Luminar early this year. Hopefully we’ll see it by March. Currently, I use Photo Mechanic to import, edit, caption, keyword and tag my image. It’s a relatively inexpensive, but excellent and high performing photo browser. It’s worth a look; I’ve been using it for many years. You can read more about Photo Mechanic here:

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  • Danny says:

    Hello, Dan, thank you very much for your posting and review, I am a long time Lightroom user, I am using LR 5 at the moment and thinking of upgrading to Lightroom CC just for the “dehaze” feature, even though I relying heavily on their catalog, flags, color rating system to evaluate and organize my files, still I hate to pay the annual fee for the software, is that possible that I can use Luminar 2018 as a LR plugin for all the editting or developement work, yet till using my LR 5 for file management purpose?

  • Dan says:

    HI Danny- Thanks for your comment. Yes, there’s no reason you couldn’t use LR5 for your catalog and Luminar for all of your processing needs, at least until they come out with their own asset management system. That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing for the past few months.

    Luminar has some great tools, and they certainly have something similar to LR’s Dehaze feature. If you quit paying for LR, you’ll still be able to use the basic organization functions, although I don’t know exactly what you can and can’t do without a subscription. I know you’re limited, but you still retain your basic catalog capabilities.

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  • Douglas Ritchie says:

    Hi Dan,
    Wonder if you can shed any light on my problem, I have been using Luminar 2018 since it came out on Windows, I just can’t get consistent colour using it as a plugin with Photoshop CC.
    When in Luminar the colours are much more saturated, then when back in Photoshop the colours are less saturated and vice versa. I have tried every colour space, but no difference.

  • Dan says:

    Hi Douglas, a big thing to remember is that no two software programs will reproduce color exactly the same way, even if you were to use the same color space. This is especially true with RAW files. So, it’s kind of a futile exercise to expect perfect consistency between Photoshop and Luminar. That said, I can totally understand your concern, since you’re using Luminar as a plugin with Photoshop CC. I’m not sure there is a calibration solution that will ensure perfect color accuracy.

    There might be a workaround. It’s not a perfect solution, but it may at least get you part way there. Open an image in Luminar and in Photoshop, then adjust it to try and match the color and saturation levels in Luminar so that it looks as close as possible to the Photoshop version. Then, save your current adjustment settings in Luminar as a new Preset. Or, if there are specific adjustments you often use to make the colors match, you could save that setup as a New Workspace. I’ll see if I can find any addition information regarding how to calibrate Luminar, but try this in the meantime.

  • ilium007 says:

    $10 discount didn’t work

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  • ADLondon says:

    Anyone know anything about Luminar’s Web Design Suite (which is apparently Mac compatible as well as PC)?

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