Skylum software for photographers

I have partnered up with Skylum (previously known as MacPhun), the developers of photo editing software, Luminar, an alternative to Lightroom/Photoshop, and Aurora HDR.

Luminar works as a stand-alone RAW/image editor, as well as a plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop. I find its interface simple and uncluttered, interestingly it allows you to arrange your edits on layers. Apart from the standard RAW-editing tools, which you would expect from any software of this kind, it also offers a range of "creative" filters, allowing you to create stylised looks for your photos.

In my work I only use very simple, essential edits when developing RAW files, never any "creative" filters and I don't have any other special processing ingredients. Below a comparison of an image I took during my recent workshop on the South Downs in West Sussex, in RAW unedited version, processed in Adobe Camera Raw and in Luminar - in both cases using my simple approach to editing (photo exposed with a polariser and an ND graduated filter):

I personally never use HDR technology in my work and so couldn't produce an example or much less a comparison to illustrate the capacity of Aurora HDR. But I know there are staunch enthusiasts of this technology out there. So if you'd like try out Luminar or Aurora, follow my affiliate links below.

If you decide to purchase a copy of any of these programs use my promo code PHOTOSS at checkout to get a £9 ($10/€10) discount.