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My Mastering Luminar Online Course Now Available for Pre-Order

I am excited to announce that my newest online course, Mastering Luminar, is now out of pre-order status and is available for purchase here!!


Luminar is a brand new program from Macphun that is the company’s first all-in-one photo editor.

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Learn how to edit and enhance your photos in this software that is full of features & options in my comprehensive step-by-step online course. (check out my preview on Luminar)

Course Features:

  • Over 80 videos
  • Over 7.5 hours of content
  • The Most Complete Luminar Online Course Available
  • Video available in HD 1080p
  • Course photos are included so you can follow along and practice
  • Workflow options for using with other programs like Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Aurora HDR 2017, and the Creative Kit
  • Videos on using Layers & Masks and the tools to create them
  • Tips on how best to set up your Workspace
  • Videos explaining each of the 38 Filters in Luminar – great to return to for quick review
  • Available in Streaming Only AND Downladable Verions
  • Watch the videos as often as you like
  • A set of FREE Presets I created are included
  • The online course features an area to ask questions where I and other students can answer
  • Not only color photos will be shown & discussed but also black & white photos
  • And much, much more!

Check out this FREE VIDEO from Chapter 5 explaining how Filters work in Luminar to get an idea of the course.

 

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Macphun's Luminar - now available as a FREE TRIAL

Macphun’s Luminar Now Available – Try it For Free

Macphun today launches Luminar, it’s newest photo editing software for the Mac. It is their first all-in-one editor and includes some key features such as a RAW converter & processor, non-destructive workflow, customizable workspaces, layers, 38 filters, and much more.

Macphun's Luminar - now available as a FREE TRIAL

 

I have been using a beta of Luminar for a few weeks and have been very impressed. Be sure to read my Luminar Preview here! Image quality has been fantastic and I have really been enjoying the workflow and tools available.

But don’t just take my word for it – there is a FREE TRIAL available so you can see first-hand how impressive the program is and be sure to let me know how you like it, what your favorite features are, and even let me know what is missing from this v1.0 software in the comments below!

I will be having more to say about this software in the near future so be sure to stay tuned – including an announcement coming real soon on a new Luminar online course I am getting ready to produce 😉

Be sure to join my Luminar and Aurora HDR Users Group on Facebook!

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My Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Online Training Video Now Available

I am excited to announce that I have just released my eagerly anticipated 7 hour Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Online Course available in both a downloadable as well as a streaming-only version.

Featuring over 50 videos, 1080p recordings, 36 course photos, 14 FREE presets, tips on how to best shoot multiple exposures, videos showing how to use layers & masking, advanced black & white techniques, a discussion area to ask questions, and much more, it is the most complete course available for HDR & Aurora HDR 2017. Even if you use Aurora for single exposure photos you will benefit from my course!

Aurora HDR 2017 Online Course

 

Now Available with a Special Holiday Savings: Save 20% now for a limited time during checkout with coupon code “aurorahdr” and you will get instant access to the course.

Aurora HDR 2017 is the newest version of Macphun’s hugely popular HDR editing program used by both enthusiasts and pros.

Learn how to edit your photos in the best HDR program available in my comprehensive step-by-step online course. (check out my review on Aurora HDR 2017). This is the most complete HDR training video available for HDR photography and post processing with Aurora HDR 2017!

My Course Features:

  • Over 50 videos
  • 7 hours of content
  • Video is available in HD 1080p
  • 36 course photos are included so you can follow along and practice
  • Videos explaining how to best photograph multiple exposures
  • Exclusive video interview with Kevin La Rue, the V.P. of Macphun
  • Tips on how to first process RAW photos in Lightroom and Capture One Pro
  • Videos explaining each of the Tools in Aurora – great to return to for quick review
  • Available in Streaming Only AND Downloadable & Streaming Versions
  • Watch the videos as often as you like
  • A set of 14 FREE Presets I created are included
  • The online course features an area to ask questions where I and other students can answer
  • Learn how to use Aurora for single exposures and multiple exposures
  • Find out how to use Layers and the new Zone System for Luminosity Masks
  • Learn how to create amazing black & white images using Aurora
  • And much, much more!

It doesn’t matter if you process single exposures or multiple exposures in Aurora HDR 2017 – if you want to know all about Aurora this is the course for you!

Take a look at the screenshots below and sign up for the Free Trial if you are unsure if this is the course for you. And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

 

Video still showing pre-processing in Lightroom

 

Video still showing pre-processing in Capture One Pro

 

Video still showing layer masking

 

Video still during my Layers explanation 

 

Collection of Before & Afters from photos included in the course:

 

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The New Luminar from Macphun – A Preview

UPDATE: Now you can download a FREE TRIAL of Luminar!

 

Be sure to join my Luminar and Aurora HDR Users Group on Facebook!

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Macphun, the (currently) Mac-only photo software company that is behind popular photography editing programs Aurora HDR 2017 and the Creative Kit (which features programs such as Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, FX Photo Studio, Focus, and Noiseless) has a brand new program coming out November 17, 2016 called Luminar. I have been working with a beta version for a couple weeks now and here is a quick preview with my initial impressions.

Also included in this preview is my exclusive video interview with Kevin La Rue, the V.P of Macphun regarding Luminar. Look for the interview towards the end of this preview!

Luminar Workspace

 

Luminar is a brand new program and is Macphun’s first all-in-one photo editing solution.

It features:

Innovative Adaptive User Interface

The Luminar user interface is built around the idea that every photographer is different, and therefore their photo editing needs are different too. Users can choose from 4 default interface variations, designed for: quick image fixes, photo enhancement with presets, an intermediate level of control, and advanced editing.

Built in RAW converter

Luminar so far in my testing has done a very impressive job in RAW processing from my Sony a7R files. Shadow recovery is way better than Lightroom and on par with Capture One Pro, with fantastic color and low noise.

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Workspaces & Filters

Luminar is the first Macphun editor to introduce Workspaces – innovative collections of tools most suitable for a specific type of photography. Default Workspaces will cover Portrait, Landscape, Street, and Black & White Photography. In addition, users can create an unlimited number of custom Workspaces, as well as import Workspaces from other photographers.

Over 35 Imaging Filters

Luminar 1.0 will feature over 35 innovative imaging filters, from classic Tone & Exposure, to Bi-Color, Photo Filter Emulation, Cross-Processing, Detail Enhancement and dozens of others. Each filter category includes a set of precise controls, which can be adjusted to create countless different looks.

Convenient descriptions and previews of the effect are available with each filter too. Some of my favorite right away are the Adjustable Gradient, Advanced Contrast, Image Radiance, Channel Mixer, Color Contrast, and Orton Effect filters. 

Luminar Filters

Users can save a group of pre-adjusted filters to create their own one-click preset, or for convenience, choose from over 50 pre-defined presets. With categories ranging from Outdoor to Portrait, Street to Drama, there’s a preset for every photography style.

Innovative non-destructive editing and powerful selection tools

The new Luminar for Mac introduces a new editing workflow. Users can change the order of applied filters at any time in the editing process, therefore totally changing the look of their photo. With the new History feature users can check all steps of the editing process, and go back to any step at any time.

The new selection tools in Luminar include: adjustable editing brush, radial and gradient masking, as well as masking with a single layer and masking with an independent filter.

Together with the powerful blend modes, layers and filters, these masking tools allow users to easily perform even the most complex edits.   

Luminar Masking

One thing I really like about Luminar is the ability to create a mask on any individual filter. This allows you to paint-in the effect you want to the specific part of the photo you want. No need to create a separate layer – just grab the brush tool and click on the filter you want to create the mask from and paint away.

What else is in Luminar?

  • Essential photo fixing tools, including spot healing, crop & transform, clone & stamp, noise reduction and other.

  • Complete photo enhancement toolset, including exposure & contrast controls, saturation, vibrance, clarity, sharpness, polarization, and more.

  • Creative color controls & adjustments, including bi-color, split toning, selective luminosity, saturation & hue controls and more.

  • A myriad of photo filters, including cross process, glow, orton effect, monochrome, soft tone and more.

  • Layers with blend modes and layer masking

  • Custom Textures with blend modes

  • Works as a standalone software, plugin & extension

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My Preview Conclusion

As the version of Luminar I have been using for the last few weeks is a beta I will withhold giving a more in-depth review until I am able to test a final shipping version. So I won’t go into detail on missing features, as I already sent Macphun my list of things missing and will wait to see what gets added between now and the final shipping version. In certain situations I noticed some undesirable results in image processing that I made them aware of – which is normal in beta testing – so I won’t give an official grade on image quality either at this point.

I will say however, in regards to image quality, I am for the most part quite impressed with the results from RAW files from my Sony a7R. Results that in many cases equal, if not exceed, what I have come to expect with Capture One Pro and which are far better than what I see in Lightroom – especially in shadow detail.

Having a completely customizable workspace is wonderful, and there is a large amount of filter effects you can use to completely enhance your photographs.

Luminar is not here to replace the Creative Kit nor Aurora HDR 2017. While some features overlap with the Creative Kit, some still remain exclusive to the Kit while others are exclusive to Luminar. Watch my video interview with Kevin La Rue, the V.P. of Macphun below for more info on this.

In conclusion, based on what I have seen from the beta I have I would definitely recommend purchasing Luminar or at the very least I would be sure to download a free trial once it becomes available on November 17. Macphun appears to be very committed to Luminar and I would expect to see any missing features not available in the v1.0 release to be strongly considered for future versions. I will certainly be bugging my contacts at Macphun to add features I notice are missing 😉

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Special Pre-Order Savings Now through November 17

Luminar is available for pre-order now at a discounted price of $59 for all new users, and just $49 for anyone who already uses has Macphun photo software. The pre-order offer also includes a bonus pack of photo training videos and a course on building a photography business from Will Burrard-Lucas, an award-winning UK based wildlife photographer with over one million Facebook fans. Laminar will be available to download on November 17. Read more about Luminar on Macphun’s blog here and pre-order it here.

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Exclusive Video Interview with Kevin La Rue

The last week of October I had the opportunity to interview my friend Kevin La Rue, the V.P. of Macphun. This interview was primarily for those who purchased my Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Online Course, as we talked quite a bit about Aurora and Macphun.

But we also talked about Luminar. The video below contains the edited par of the video where we discussed Luminar.

New ON1 Photo RAW Sweepstakes

ON1 has announced the Photo RAW Sweepstakes, ahead of their November release of ON1 Photo RAW. And there are some pretty awesome items they are giving away over the next 8 weeks!

Right now for the week of September 18-24 the prize is a Wacom Cintiq 13 HD Interactive Pen and Touch.

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Each week for the next 8 weeks new prizes will be awarded. You have to enter each week to be eligible for that week’s sweepstakes. Note that the sweepstakes is only open to U.S. residents over the age of 21. A full list of rules is available on the sweepstakes page.

Here are some more awesome prices being offered:

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Aurora HDR 2017 Review

Aurora HDR 2017 Review

In November of 2015 Macphun took the photo processing world by storm when it released Aurora HDR Pro – a brand new program designed for HDR photography with features no other HDR software package had. Made for the Mac in partnership with HDR guru Trey Ratcliff, in 10 months since it’s release it has amassed nearly 700,000 downloads.

Now almost one year later Macphun is releasing their newest version, called Aurora HDR 2017.

They say it is packed with improvements and new features. But what exactly has been improved and how special are these new features in a program that has been out for less than a year? And more importantly, are these new features & improvements worth upgrading so soon?

Find out here in my in-depth Aurora HDR 2017 Review!

Saguaros at sunset at MacDonald's Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona
This photo was from 3 exposures edited in Aurora HDR 2017, using 3 additional layers – one of
which was a luminosity mask to bring back the sky from one of the original 
exposures – and
the other 2 were for selective edits with the masking brush.

Macphun Announces Aurora HDR 2017

Last month, in August of this year, Macphun announced the newest version of Aurora, called Aurora HDR 2017, and mentioned it would be coming out later this year (available September 29, 2016). This was announced 8 months after the original version was released.

 

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So what is Aurora HDR 2017?

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