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Chris Mario's picture

Playing with Luminar 4

Portrait Indoor using a softbox and SB-700.
Camera: Nikon D750
Lens: 24-70 f2.8 Tamron
Edited with Lightroom and Luminar 4.

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Hank Rintjema's picture

Wow... her eyes are amazing. I like the shallow depth-of-field too.

Chris Mario's picture

Thank you. Glad you like it.

Alexander May's picture

Would be great to see the before and after. I have been interested in Luminar recently for quick editing of larger groups of portraits for families, etc... I think this looks pretty good, but it might be helpful to see the starting point to get a better understanding of what each software added to the final image. Thanks

Chris Mario's picture

Well, in Lightroom I raised the exposure with about 0.40 and brightened up her hair a little bit because it was too dark. In Luminar 4 I made all the edits to the face, wich are some AI skin retouching, bring some more red in the lips, bump up the whites in her eyes, the details in the eyes, the eyebrows and finally a little bit of blurring the background just to see how the AI works around the hair on the sides of her face. Wich it works fine I think but if the model has some hair around her face like in this picture it will blurr that out too, the AI finds the edges of the face pretty well but you might have to mask some things out. Overall is a great "plugin" for Photoshop and Lightroom. I'm using it as a plugin rather than a stand-alone software. I didn't tried to edit photos in Luminar 4 only. The catalog manager I think works like in Lightroom but don't take my word for it because I didn't tried it. Hope this helps even a little bit. And I forgot to say, this took me like 2 minutes in Luminar after knowing where the right sliders are.

Alexander May's picture

Thanks man! Yeah the difference here is pretty drastic. Great job. Now that I can compare, I would have been more conservative with the eye-white enhancing, but that's just me. Thanks for the breakdown. For something that took 2 minutes it is pretty impressive.