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MacPhun's Luminar Neptune

Discussion in 'Computers & Software' started by Eduard, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. Eduard

    Eduard Administrator
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    I've recently been playing around trying to create a stripped down travel post processing setup. The intent is to not weigh myself down with a large powerful computer (I have an amazing 15" loaded MacBook Pro) while traveling for work as well as simplifying my workflow.

    From a hardware perspective, I toyed around with the idea of a tablet. I considered an iPad Pro and a Microsoft Surface. The potential to utilize a pen is intriguing, but I ultimately I didn't want to get too far away from Lightroom. I looked at numerous Ultrabooks, but really didn't want to use Windows. I ultimately settled on a 11" MacBook Air as my second computer.

    In keeping with the small and light is beautiful theme, I decided to only load Lightroom and not Photoshop. As good as LR is, there are times when you want/need a little more power. I had an unused license for Luminar, so I decided to see if it function as a bridge between my portable and main system. I'm still learning the interface, but so far, it is going pretty well.

    Here is a shot I recently took from my hotel window while in the Chicago suburbs. I'm approximately 20 miles from the skyline. Original processing in Lightroom, exported to Luminar for final tweaks, automatically reimported to Lightroom, then exported while adding the frame and watermark.

    Chicago Skyline June 2017.jpg
    Date: 2017:06:24 14:21:28 - Manufacturer: Fujifilm - Model: X-T20 - Focallength: 122.6 mm - Measurement: Spot - Aperture: 5.6 - ISO: 400 - Exposuretime: 1/1250 sec - Flash: No Flash
     
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    I also just purchased Luminar and find its filters and pre-sets to work pretty well. For travel though, I just bought Affinity Photo for the iPad and its pretty impressive too. I can do photoshop level editing on my iPad Air 2 with minimum lag / delay / processing time. Its impressive for sure the power being put into portable computers for photo editing.

    Photo above looks great!
     
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    So did you see the new Macphun announcement related to Luminar? Neptune was released in June as the new version and now they just release Luminar 2018 with more features and an asset manager (much like Bridge / Lightroom I think style). People on Macphun social media have been mad because it was not offered to Neptune users as an update and I was directed on a comment to send a note to support and they would take care of it.

    Here is the response from Macphun.

    "
    Thanks for reaching us!
    The new version of Luminar will deliver a lot of new powerful features and tools including Sun Rays, Dodge & Burn, LUT Mapping, Hue Shift, Brilliance, and a cool new Matte Look that will drastically improve the results of your photo-editing.
    If digital asset manager is what interests then you can keep the old version, since our developers are investigating the possibility of implementing this feature in Luminar Neptune. more than that, we'll continue technical support for Luminar.
    Please let me know if there's anything else I can help you with.
    Have a wonderful day!"

    I'm not sure what is worse, paying 9.99 a month for something to use as a hobbiest or paying $70-100 for software that they out date in 4-12 months after originally promising updates and new features. I would love to move my $10 a month to MacPhun as I have started to prefer their products but this kind of tactic just annoys me too.
     
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    I've seen the b*tching on FB. Macphun has been getting beat up pretty bad. I'm so comfortable with LR that a full switch to Luminar (or any other product) would require a ton of investment time.
     

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