Skylum

Luminar 3.1 Update

A couple of days ago, Skylum announce the update to his application Luminar 3 with Libraries, version 3.1.

The new version includes some performance improvements, some library updates and the addition on the Accent AI version 2.0.

Accent AI is a filter that uses artificial intelligence to modify photos and functions kind of like the Auto function on other applications like Lightroom, but with a little bit more control.

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I am of the opinion that Luminar should not be compared to Photoshop or for that matter Lightroom. Photoshop and LR are photo editors. Luminar allows us to flex our creative muscles with their battery of filter, effects and looks.

Sure, Luminar can do some basic editing with the Crop, Erase, Clone/Stamp and free transform tools, but the beauty of the application is in the What-If!

What if I apply a Soft Focus filter? How about Orton Effect? The possibilities are endless.

This 55 filters and the ability to add layers make Luminar a wonderful development tray.

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I had a small hiccup upgrading the application but was able to get past it (by creating a new catalog and losing all y edits) but those kind of things are to be expected, especially when you know that Skylum has an aggressive timetable to try and gain a bigger marketshare in the photo editor genre.

Overal, I am quite please with the application and can’t wait to see what’s in store for future releases.

You can get a copy of the new version by going to the Skylum website or if you already own the application, the update is free for you.

What do you think about Luminar 3.1?

Syncing iPhone Photos with Luminar 3

I have been mulling around writing this article for a while.

I was wondering if it was really worth writing the piece and if people will actually use what I wanted to present.

You see, as with any great idea, you need an audience.

This Blog has seen better days… :-)

Notwithstanding, I decided to move pass through my self-doubt and write the article. I sincerely hope you like it and decide to spread the word.

Workflow

Skylum has outlined a roadmap that includes Cloud Syncing for photos. It seems like is coming on phase III of the development cycle.

So while we wait for that to come, I started thinking about easier ways to move my photos from my mobile decides (iPhones and iPads in my case) to the computer; so I could edit them in Luminar 3 with Libraries.

I know that iOS users can count on AirDrop to transfer photos, but I wanted a more automated way of doing so.

The idea was outlined in this steps:

  1. Take iPhone/iPad (don’t judge) photos

  2. Run some sort of App that syncs photos with my computer

  3. Add folder to Luminar 3 with Libraries, a sort of watch folder.

  4. Import/Organize photos in Luminar

  5. Edit Imported Photos.

Enter Resilio Sync

I have owned a license for the Resilio Sync apps since the company started and before it was called Resilio Sync (It used to be called BitTorrent Sync).

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Resilio Sync is an application that allows you to sync folders and files between devices (Mobiles, computers, tablets, etc) using the power of BitTorrent.

The application is FREE for individuals but it also has a Pro (Paid) version. I believe it runs on any platform you can think of.

In my case, it was exactly what I needed to accessorize my Luminar 3 with Libraries workflow.

Installed Resilio Sync on my iPhone, iPad and Main Computer, and then proceeded to create a Camera Backup Sync on the Mobile devices. Once the link between the mobile devices was created, all it was needed was to locate the folder on the Main Computer where the photos were Synced.

Clicking on the Preferences on the Main Computer shows the location of the Folder…

Clicking on the Preferences on the Main Computer shows the location of the Folder…

Importing Photos into Luminar 3 with Libraries

After opening Luminar 3 with Libraries, it was time to add the Resilio Sync folder to the application in order to import the photos.

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Clicking on the + icon on the Folders section in the Library Module, allows us to browse to the location of the Synced photos. After you hit “Open”, Luminar 3 is going to keep an eye on that folder and any time you sync photos from your mobile devices, they will show up inside Luminar.

All that is left, is to organize them according to your Folder structure in your computer. Easy as pie!

Did I mention that ALL files types are synced? In other words, your RAW (HEIC files), JPEGS, TIFF and PNG files are all synced between the mobile devices and the computer. A really powerful workflow in my opinion.

From there editing is just one click into the Edit Module.

Is not a perfect solution, as the sync is a TWO way sync. In other words, if you make changes or move the photos to other folders, Resilio Sync is going to try to sync again the next time you open the application on the mobile device. I wish there was a way to configure the mobile client to do a one way sync.

In my case, it works until Skylum comes out with a Cloud Sync Solution.

What do you think? Is this something you could use? If you like the solution I hope you decide to spread the word. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section below.

Luminar 3 with Libraries

Skylum just released (December 18th 2018) the new version of Luminar, called Luminar 3 with Libraries.

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I downloaded the installation files and immediately told it where my photos where on my external hard drive.

I can tell you that when I started working with it I was giddy…

I don’t think I have ever been so happy to work with my pictures. I was able to organize almost 10 years worth of photos in about four hours. Something that I have been putting off month after month with Adobe Lightroom; Luminar allowed me to finish it quickly and easily.

But that is not why I was giddy.

I was happy because Adobe has finally gotten some competition and because I am seeing the possibilities of this application. I sincerely hope that Skylum continues their efforts to beat Adobe Lightroom to a pulp.

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I don’t want you to think that I hate Adobe. I don’t. I just think their practices trying to force everybody into their cloud model is wrong.

They basically say: “Hey, we are the only game in town with regards to photo editing so now you have to pay us US$120 a year and more for hosting your photos in the cloud”.

And believe me, all they want is for you to buy their VERY EXPENSIVE CLOUD STORAGE.

Skylum has Cloud storage in their Roadmap. Not sure what that’s going to be, but in any case I just think for now, this suits my needs.

It’s also a beautiful program, to look at it and to work on it.

There are some quirky things (I will say more than a few) but that is to be expected from a version 1.0 (or 3.0) of a software.

Skylum intentions are to do a fast and furious update plan for the end of the year and the next quarter. All those updates, according to the company, are going to be free to current users of the application.

I still have about 10 more years of photos to organize, but yesterday I did a whole year in about one hour as I become more accustomed to the way the application works.

I think Luminar 3 with Libraries is a first rate contender for the crown of Digital Assets Manager (DAM) in my computer.

I can’t wait to see what Skylum has in store.