The #1 question I get asked on this blog is, how do I do my post-processing. Well technically, the number one question is “will ____ memory card work on my camera.” But regarding photography and not the gear, it’s always about processing. (by the way, I’ve tested every memory card in every camera for half a decade.)
My Story With Skylum
On my street photography Instagram feed @griffinalik a lot of my friends are using Lightroom mobile or even CaptureOne because they don’t want to pay the big Adobe subscriptions.
On my other travel landscape feed @alikgriffin, a lot of the times I’m still using Lightroom and Photoshop, but on most of my photos, I’m actually using Lightroom with Luminar and AuroraHDR.
I still use Lightroom and Photoshop for a lot of things I do, but that’s mainly because I’m a professional Trailer editor and I need the full Adobe suite, so the software is always there for me and a tax write off.
However, I’ve been working with Skylum for several years now and their software really is amazing. Not just that, it seems like there is some new mind-blowing breakthrough they introduce almost every six months.
I was once told their engineers while having coffee in the Coffee Bean across the street from the Directors Guild in Hollywood (where I work), “Man it’s not fair, I had to spend years learning Photoshop to learn all these techniques, and now people can just do it in 2 seconds with a slider.”
Skylum is still the only software company I still actively shill for because I think they are a great option for someone that wants to get out of the subscription cycle and their software is very affordable.
What’s cool about Luminar 4 now is it can be used as a standalone software with a full catalog, or you can use it for all it’s awesome effects as a compliment to your Lightroom and Photoshop workflow.
So at least check out the demo for the new Luminar 4.
The people that run that company are also super cool and also photography nerds like us and that’s actually pretty important to me.
Here is a link to the Black Friday deals.
Photos I’ve Edited with Skylum Software
These photos are editing with AuroraHDR + Luminar. Some are just Luminar, some are just AuroraHDR. You can get a similar look with just Luminar, but you’ll need AuroraHDR for bracketed HDR photos.
I actually just woke up to this text from a friend this morning who has no idea I’m affiliated with Skylum. You can see his portraits here on Instagram. It’s amazing what he does with natural light.