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Gotta get back, back to the past...

"Gotta get Back, back to the past..."—Samurai Jack

Technology this days advances at what seems to be the speed of light. Ten years ago we didn't have 3/4 of the things we have today. 20 years ago, none of them existed (if their present form, that is.)

We are presented with new and fascinating things that make our everyday lives easier and more pleasant.

My wife is often complaining to me when I buy new gadgets: "Why do you need that? You didn't have that when you were young...".

My answer is always: "Because it didn't exist back then!!".

One of the things that seem to be advancing at a faster pace than anything else is Image Editing Software.

Ten years ago, the market was pretty much dominated by the top dog: Adobe Photoshop.

Nowadays, there are applications on our mobile phones that rival (and in certain ways surpass) what we can do with other desktop image editors.

This is especially relevant because of the immense library of photos that lay dormant on our hard drives.

The best way to learn a new application is to take it through its paces. What better way to do that, than to take our old photos that we thought were lost? We all have images in our libraries that probably have one star or are flagged as rejected. Maybe is an image that we thought was good, but not good enough?

We can take those photos and put them through the new algorithms that are present today in programs like MacPhun's Luminar or Topaz Studio.

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The technology on those and other applications has been designed to take advantage of new and better processors. That, together with faster computers and algorithms make editions that we never thought were possible 10 years ago.

Take the image that is shown here. It was taken in August 2013, just four years ago, using a Nikon D300s (my main camera at that time).

The photo was one of a large series of flower photos. It was taken while I was testing a new lens (The Nikon Nifty 50mm) and it was one of the discarded photos.

I was watching some videos on YouTube about processing photos using Topaz Studio and was inspired to try some of the filters included with the professional package.

A quick run through Topaz Studio, with a couple of quick presets and this image developed.

A much, much better rendition of a discarded photo and one that was worth sharing. Probably a better photo than the one that was chosen.

We might be underestimating some hidden jewels in our archives!

See what Develops

We never know what we might develop using a new software.

This is just a simple example, with not a lot of editing, but it serves to illustrate that we have in our hands a much better technology that can rescue lost of forgotten images.

Our tastes on what is good also change with time as we hone our skills, so maybe what we like now is totally different that what we liked back then.

What do you think? Have you gone back to edit old images with new applications? Have you been able to rescue some photos?

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Download Free Luminar Presets - Social Looks

One of my new favorite programs is MacPhun Luminar. It is an extremely fast editor for photographs. This application was built from the ground up with the help of photographer and the Internet famous Trey Ratcliff.

As of the date of this article, the program only runs on MacOS, but MacPhun has promised to port the program to the Windows operating system in the near future.

If you are fed up with the slowness of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and you are looking for a fast and responsive alternative, give Luminar a try.

Even though there are other alternatives like OnOne RAW 2017 and Capture One, Luminar does the job and it does so in a no-frills way.

The program complements perfectly with some of the other offerings from the company like Tonality, Aurora HDR, and the CK Suite.

The program also offers a large number of Presets created by the company and some famous photographers as well. The presets are either free or within the $5-$10 dollar range.

You can buy Luminar for the flat fee of US$69. No monthly fees or subscriptions. The page also offers a trial that you can use to test the program and see if it fits your needs.

Free Luminar Presets - Social Looks

Even though I might not be a "famous photographer" I decided to create some presets for the program, which I am giving away totally FREE!!

These were created to simulate some of the presets that you see in applications like Instagram and VSCO. They were inspired by some youTube videos on the topic.

The presets are packed in a zip file that you can download using the link at the bottom of this page. Unzip them locally to a folder.

To install presets on your machine, just choose File > Show Presets Folder… in Luminar. Simply drag the new presets into your Presets Folder. All presets in this folder appear in the User category and the All Presets category.

For best results, restart Luminar to load all the new presets.

Golden Gate Bridge, CA

Here you can see a gallery of the presets included (Make sure to click on them to see them bigger):

I sincerely hope you enjoy them and if you do, please leave a comment below letting me know if you will like to see more stuff like this.

What do you think? Do you use Luminar?

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Free Luminar Preset - Social Looks