POST PROCESSING -TIME SPENT – TIME LOST – THERE ARE SIMPLE AND COMPLEX SOLUTIONS AND THEY ARE IN ONE PACKAGE
Lately I have been writing about products that are available that allow you to tweak the already great images that come form your cameras. That said I am assuming you are up to the task of making your cameras provide well exposed, almost well composed images.
I have no business association with the products I am writing about. I do not make video instructions or how to. I am therefore going to provide you with a ton of links so you can learn from the masters how these products work under different imaging conditions. You will also come to realize that I do not use any Adobe products except Acrobat. Acrobat is not an image processing soft wear. It is a reader.
In many cases I firmly feel that photographers spend way too much time processing images as opposed to shooting images. For that reason I am overjoyed with programs like Luminar, Aurora and Iridient. KISS has never been more true.***
There are a lot of soft wear out there that can help you tweak and image so that it is a bit more perfect than what came out of the camera and I have been playing with a lot of them. I work with Macintosh computers but most of the soft wear today will work with Windows-based machines and if they do not do so now the ones I think are superb will soon offer Microsoft Windows versions. The program that I think will suit all levels of photographers from the beginner to the highly seasoned professional is MacPhun’s LUMINAR. It is available for the Mac right now and there is a promise that the Windows version will be coming in the Spring. Why Spring? There are many reasons for that. Hardware variations especially in graphic boards require a lot more coding to make everyone happy. Mac is a closed platform and Windows is wide open. Therefore it requires a lot more lines of code to get it to work with all the hardware and processor variations.
Software and the imaging processing that it is designed for should provide easy paths to processing images. The learning curve of some products can keep you at your desk for an eternity and that just isn’t the way it should be. After all you have all this camera gear. Sitting at a desk pulling out your hair trying to learn your software does not present a lot of photo opportunities at all. So let’s get right down to it.
My favorite apps to work with are MacPhun Luminar all in one raw processor, Macphun Aurora 2017 HDR and Iridient Developer.
Luminar the Photo Editor that Adapts to Your Skill Level
Yes it adapts to your skill level by offering everything from incredible presets to sophisticated masking but you only have to have showing those tools that work best for you with your current skill level. This is not offered by anyone else that I know of. It is quick when MOST CHANGES you are making take place. You can work with Jpegs, Tiffs, Raw files ((( HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ))) You can work with just your image, you can work and experiment if you like with LAYERS, and to preserve those layers you can export in a proprietory format to work on later. There is just so much one can do with this program and how you do it is up to you. You can rely on a preset ((( which can e modified ))). You can even create your own favorite workspace, presets, and it just goes on and on. Highly versatile and a great time saver.
AURORA 2017 HDR SOFTWARE FROM MACPHUN – A PLUG IN OR STAND ALONE FOR PRODUCING NATURAL LOOKING HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGES all the way up to way out looking images.
This software from MacPhun has taken the art of HDR processing to a new level. Whether you have shot several images to be combined or a single image which you want to REALLY ENHANCE, this program will work extremely well. I do not do a lot of HDR and when I do this is my go to software. Again aswith Luminar, simple to use with more creative features than you will probably ever need
RAW DEVELOPER BY IRIDIENT.
SIMPLY A WORK HORSE WITH ONLY ONE GOAL IN MIND AND THAT IS TO GIVE YOU AN INCREDIBLE IMAGE WITHOUT A TRILLION FRILLS TO HAVE TO LEARN TO WORK WITH. IT IS THE MEAT AND POTATOES SOFTWARE FOR THOSE WHO JUST WANT A SOPHISTICATED TWEAKING PROCESS. The creator of this software, Brian Griffet has been a one man company and has been developing and refining the art of post processing for quite a few years. The programs technical ability to produce the cleanest and sharpest images from a Raw file is so far above the competition. To not use this program for initial processing and then opening up the image in a piece of soft wear like Luminar is nothing less than a cardinal sin.
I have yet to use another piece of soft wear that can give me an out of the box sharp, clean and accurate color image.
Ethics note: The opinions and thoughts expressed in anything I write about Luminar, Aurora, Adobe, Iridient or other products are entirely my own and not in any way solicited or managed. As always, I’ll do my best to be as opened as possible when it comes to reviewing products, and I’ll make readers aware of issues wherever I see them, and so I’m putting this notice here for added tranparency.. I own every product in this blog site that I write about.
LUMINAR version 1.10 PLUTO
*keep it simple stupid