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Forget Sky Replacement: This Crazy New Foreground Replacement Software Will Take Your Photography to the Next Level

Forget Sky Replacement: This Crazy New Foreground Replacement Software Will Take Your Photography to the Next Level

If you’ve ever shot a landscape and been frustrated that the sky wasn’t epic enough for you, today’s software has you covered. But what if you need to swap out the foreground, too? This incredible new photo-editing package could dramatically improve your photography.

We’ve all been in situations where our subject is incredible but the light is flat and disappointing, and software manufacturers have responded to that need by allowing us to switch out the sky. However, sometimes, your photo just needs that extra bit of magic that involves not just shooting at a different time, but also shooting in a completely different location. So, what can you do?

This is no longer a problem. New software Photolar Lumishop allows you to swap not just the sky, but also the foreground. The uninspiring photo of your neighbor’s pool on a dull afternoon in March can suddenly be swapped out for an image shot in gorgeous golden hour light. And get this: instead of your neighbor’s pool, it’s of the Mesa Arch in Utah. The possibilities are endless.

Mesa Arch, Omer Salom
Swimming pool

Before and after running this image through Lumishop. The difference is remarkable.

The AI behind Lumishop draws on a huge database of hundreds of thousands of quite nice photographs that have been “Unsplashed” into its neural network. This gives you a vast choice of images that have been carefully curated by “deep yearning algorithms” after programmers developed tools that figured out what’s popular on Instagram.

“For us, the weather and time of day should never be something that restricts a photographer’s creativity,” explains lead developer Doonit Fothalykes.

Then we decided it was time to push things one step further. With our new Unsplashing AI, where you took your photograph is no longer a limit on the recognition that you deserve.

You should be entitled to get validation for your creativity without having to deal with all those other things that get in the way, like research, travel, or getting up really early.

I was lucky enough to receive an early version of Photolar Lumishop and was able to see what effect it had on my photographs and the level of engagement I received on social media.

To push it to its limits, I chose images that I knew would be very challenging. My first photo was this shot of some beef noodles that I took in the supermarket a few weeks ago. I knew at the time of shooting that the conditions weren’t quite right: the lighting is relatively diffused, which avoids harsh shadows, but despite the shallow depth of field, the lack of directionality flattens the image, removing any sense of depth.

Beef noodles

The packet says that they are beef flavored. However, if you check the ingredients you will find that these noodles do not contain any meat products. How is this even possible?

Lumishop didn’t let me down. To replace the out-of-focus shelving in the background, it chose an epic golden hour skyscape with the sun creeping through the clouds and creating a gorgeous star. For the foreground, it selected a stunning image of Kirkjufellsfoss in Iceland — a location that’s definitely going to inspire my audience but also give me a huge buzz over having photographed one of the most iconic landscapes in the world.

Luke Vodell, Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland

Note that the boundary between the landscape and the sky is completely seamless. This software does an excellent job of stitching the two together.

Intrigued, I decided to check how the software performs when there are people in the image. I love this photograph of my wife and our pet dog, but both of them look a bit tired and uninterested, probably because it was first thing in the morning and my wife hadn’t yet finished her first cup of coffee.

Zofia and Stefan on holiday

The mismatched furniture and jarring colors undermine the leading lines.

The deep yearning algorithms are remarkable, instantly producing the perfect replacement.

Watermelon is a great way to start your day, especially when it's so warm outside.

Watermelon is a great way to start your day, especially when it's so warm outside.

My wife now looks much more engaged, both with me and what I assume is her breakfast. And while dogs are cute and often get a lot of engagement, I think my followers are definitely going to prefer the bikini model, especially given that she’s now looking straight into the camera.

Conclusion

Lumishop has the potential to transform your photography, changing images that weren't quite right into Instagram bangers that guarantee engagement. No longer will you come home from a shoot feeling frustrated that the model didn't have the right hair or that every single photo was out of focus.

Instead, you can now just fire up Lumishop and fix everything in a matter of clicks.

Credits:

Lead image: Nathan Anderson (left), Cosmic Timetraveler (right)

Concrete Swimming Pool Construction by Concrete Forms, used under CC by 2.0

Mesa Arch — Omer Salom

Kirkjufellsfoss — Luke Vodell

Women eating watermelon — Alex Azabache

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41 Comments

Ken Hilts's picture

Is it April 1st? :D

david kidd's picture

😄😄😄 thank you really....😄😄😄😄

Anthony Robin's picture

Love it! Thanks man, exactly what I needed today! ahahah.

ronan colin's picture

Dear Andy, Thank you for making me laugh today. Great sense of humor!

J Cortes's picture

Best post of the day !

Fristen Lasten's picture

The Onion and Fstoppers have merged.

Matthias Rabiller's picture

Oh man... fabulous! :D

Hans J. Nielsen's picture

WTF? Where are the affiliate link? I need this 😄

Rob Gendreau's picture

I hear your wife, after seeing your work here, is reviewing a husband-swap software program...the dog too. ;0

Garrett Reid's picture

Andy my man! Just when I thought you only knew how to post polarizing political content you come out with this! Well done!! Love it.

derek j's picture

Your wife doesnt read this site does she?

Unsubscribe Me's picture

Joke all you want, but sky replacement is very useful for architecture when there are paying clients. I’m sure there are plenty of other uses for paid work.

It’s also fun for hobby and family snaps.

Les Sucettes's picture

It's a fake problem that needed solving... bravo

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Not sure I understand the point you’re making?

Les Sucettes's picture

Because technology allows us to do things that weren’t previously possible, clients demand things that weren’t previously possible...

Some of the things are welcome changes that actually add ‘real’ value - other add fake values where altogether we’d be better off if it just wasn’t possible.

Allan Savage's picture

" ... especially now that she's looking straight into the camera."

Brilliant. (Although just wondering why there is no discussion of flash exposure compensation?)

Omer Salom's picture

I took and uploaded to unsplash that Mesa Arch photo :)

Ed C's picture

🤣😂 Nice! Now instead of plagiarizing 33% of the photo that was sky you can plagarize 100%. Just crank up the saturation and you get a lot of likes and likes is what it's all about right?

Felix C's picture

Nice dig at Elia Locardi. I can create my own versions of his epic shots without leaving my COVID safe area. He sells sky replacements also, so I can use his too.

Les Sucettes's picture

Didn't know him... what a tool. Everything that's wrong with travel/photography these days..

Les Sucettes's picture

Finally, this is the end of camera makers

John Nixon's picture

Brilliant 🤣😂 We need more articles like this!

Joseph Balson's picture

Absolute BEST paper ever here!

Lon Katz's picture

I want this as an in-body option. C'mon guys! Nikon Z9? Sony Alpha 10? Canon R7? Anybody?

Julien Sales's picture

Killing! Guys, you'v got some challenge for april 1st ;)

Francois de Melogue's picture

Thank You that was awesome. I hadn't quite woken up yet when I first looked at this... hahaha

William Faucher's picture

Not gonna lie, I was all peppered up and ready to be all "FOREGROUND replacement tool? What kind of tool does this author think he is?"

And then I saw the before/after of the first photo and I lost it.

Absolutely made my day. Fantastic article. 10/10 would recommend.

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