Luminar Receives Free Update With New Filter Plus Enhancements For Drone Photographers

Luminar from Macphun received a free update today to their Mac software to bring the current version to v1.2.1

Users can update by opening the program as a stand-alone and clicking on Check for Updates under Luminar in the file menu.

Photo by Laurie Rubin and used with permission.

The main features of this update are:

  • Aerial Workspace – Unique new workspace that features the most commonly used editing filtes for aerial photographers, including Macphun’s AI-powered Accent, Dehaze, Polarize and Clarity filters among others.
  • Whites / Blacks Filter  – This new filter makes setting the white and black points effortless.
  • One-click Aerial Presets – Instant styling and creative looks for aerial photos.
  • Various Bug Fixes – nothing specifically mentioned but various bugs and performance updates are included

Luminar is the first photo editor for the Mac that offers dedicated tools too help you make the most beautiful aerial photos, working with aerial photographer Romeo Durscher – the Director of Education at DJI – for this release.


The new Whites / Blacks filter is a welcome addition and allows one to control the white point and black point in your photo, helping to add or decrease contrast. This filter is instantly going into my Favorites.


The new Aerial Workspace is located in the Workspace dropdown and features common filters used in aerial photography but can also be useful in other photography subjects such as landscape.

Nine new presets are included in the new Aerial preset category. Just like the Aerial Workspace, give these new presets a shot on your landscape photos as well as other photo types. Some of the new presets include the new Whites / Blacks filter.

New Aerial Presets do not need to be used on just aerial photos!

This free update is only for the Mac version of Luminar. Users of the Windows Beta will have to wait for either a new beta or the final release of Luminar for Windows to take advantage of these enhancements.

Don’t have Luminar?

If you are a current user of Macphun products you can purchase it at their standard pricing of $59 with the program costing just $69 for all new users.

Save 10% on Luminar (and other Macphun software) by using coupon code mattsuess when checking out at Macphun’s Website!

Image Credit

Special thanks to my friend Laurie Rubin for the use of her image in my article. She is a drone photography pioneer and you can check out more of her work at the following online locations: website, Facebook, instagram, and skypixel.