MacPhun is the company behind Tonality, Intensify, Focus and other Mac photo-editing apps now bundled together into the MacPhun Creative Kit 2016. MacPhun also publishes Aurora HDR in conjunction with travel photographer and high dynamic range guru Trey Ratcliff. Aurora HDR 2018 review It's just been updated to Luminar 1.2 'Neptune' and boasts a series of improvements … [Read more...] about MacPhun Luminar 1.2 review
Luminar brings a very different approach to editing. Instead of the palette and dialog-based approach of traditional programs like Photoshop, it offers a selection of more than 40 different filters for everything from quick fix image enhancements through regular levels and curves adjustments to Split Toning, Dramatic and Orton Effect filters. These filters can be used in combination to create any number of different 'looks' and saved as user presets. Luminar also offers customisable user workspaces, layers, masks and – soon – photo library management tools.
The Luminar Adjustable Gradient filter is a great tool for all kinds of photography, but for landscapes in particular. It tackles that thorny old problem of bright skies and dark ground and the brightness difference between them. You can fix this at the shooting stage by using a graduated filter on the front of the lens, but this takes a little longer to set up, and once you … [Read more...] about How to use the Luminar Adjustable Gradient filter
The latest update to MacPhun Luminar is called Pluto and brings a selection of new tools including a new Golden Hour filter. If you want to know more about it, you can download the Luminar trial version. This filter is designed to simulate the warmth of a late afternoon sun, something which is actually a lot more difficult to do digitally than you might imagine. It's easy … [Read more...] about MacPhun Luminar Golden Hour filter