Luminar 3 and other Photo Processing Software Roundup

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5 people going

Price: $40.00 /per person

Robert DiTommaso Photography Studio and Training Center

6841 North Rochester Road Suite 100 I · Rochester Hills, MI

How to find us

The Workshop is in Suite I, in the first building in the Ferber Warehouse Complex on the Northeast corner of Rochester Road and Tienken - across from Papa Joe's. Enter our lower level studio through the white door on the South side-front building.

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Sorry for the moving target on this workshop!

Twice a year I hold Adobe Lightroom Classic Creative Cloud workshops. But everyone that has ever worked with Lightroom knows it is a complicated program to learn. It is still my primary editing software of choice, but there are lots of other options worth considering, especially if you aren't looking for all the organizational features found in Lightroom.

One of the common complaints about Lightroom is that it is a subscription based program, meaning you pay a monthly fee to continue access. If you stop paying, the software no longer works. I find the arrangement more than fair, but some people get put out about not owning their software. All the options that we discuss in this workshop are traditional purchase based platforms.

There are several different RAW Editing options other than the Adobe products. I will focus primarily on Luminar 3 by Skylum. For those of you familiar with the nik suite of editing programs, Skylum is sort of the Phoenix rising from the ashes of the old nik development team.

The attraction to Luminar 3 is that it has a heavily preset based workflow that allows you to look at an image and quickly scan through a number of different preset "looks", much like when you post to Instagram. If you ever decide that you wish to take a more intense role in your editing, Luminar 3 has ll the tools necessary to do so. Browsing through your images in Luminar 3 is a visually appealing process. The single biggest reason that I don't see it overcoming Lightroom for me is the lack of Image Management. Lightroom has a stellar Database Management system and I am heavily invested in it after 15+ years.

The other software I will briefly cover is Affinity Photo, which is a very affordable Photoshop alternative, and On One RAW 2019, which is a RAW editor much in the vain of Lightroom. I own all these softwares, and more. They all have their strengths and drawbacks.

Bring your questions and even an image or two if you want, and we will look at and discuss the pros and cons of the various offerings.