Vintage pill bottles on display in the Dr. Pound Historic Farmstead in Dripping Springs, Texas.
A few months ago, Macphun (the people who make AuroraHDR) sent me a review copy of their new image editor for Mac called Luminar. I already had Photoshop so, frankly, I didn’t pay a lot of attention initially but I found myself with some play time yesterday afternoon and decided to take a look at the software. I wish I had installed it sooner (you were right, Jim, I missed out on a treat when you first told me about it)! I created this version of one of my Pound House shots in about 10 minutes even without reading any manuals or watching a tutorial. The user interface is clean and intuitive and there are loads of fantastic filters ranging from the new and magic Accent filter (pictures look better in one click!) through all the staples (HSL, B&W conversion, curves, sharpening, contrast, saturation) to some more HDR-like offerings (details enhancer, microstructure). It’s able to do everything I typically use Photoshop for (filters, layers, masking, etc.) and it’s very fast.
As a stand-alone image editor for photography, it strikes me as every bit as good as Photoshop yet currently costs only $69. It’s only available for Mac today but a Windows beta program is underway and there should be a Windows release later this year. Check out the trial version (the software runs in trial mode until you pay and enter an activation key) and see if you’re as impressed as I am. As an extra bonus, if you do decide to buy a copy, you can use the coupon code “DAVEWILSON” and get an additional $10 off the price.