Relight Your Portraits: Testing Out Luminar Neo's New AI Tool

Artificial intelligence has begun to have a real impact in photography via post-processing. This may be a contentious subject, but whichever side of the fence you are, it's interesting to see what it's capable of. In this video by Manny Ortiz, he reworks some images with Luminar's Relight tool.

I'll start by pointing out the obvious: there's little value in arguing in the comment section over whether or not you should use AI in post-processing. This argument has been happening in various forms for 100 years or more, with long-since dead photographers experimenting in darkrooms.

Luminar is one of the most interesting software developers in the photography space and their AI modules and tools are the primary reason for that. I have reviewed and freely used much of what they have to offer and I am consistently impressed. People may approach Luminar AI differently to me — I'm sure some shoot with AI in mind — but for me, it's an unrivaled tool for redemption. Shots where the flash didn't fire, or I didn't have lights with me, or the conditions suddenly changed, or perhaps I just made a mistake; Luminar doesn't just rescue shots, it elevates them to the point where you truly like them.

Have you got much experience with Luminar AI? What are your thoughts?

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9 Comments
Ray Sheffer's picture

You are right on one hand. But, there is nothing wrong with editing photos. Lightroom and photoshop is no different professional photographers using a darkroom 30 years ago.

Jonathan Casey's picture

It looks like it has some really useful features. I don’t think anyone chooses to either be a good photographer or to use particular editing techniques…

Keith Patrak's picture

And yet once again comments about "real photographers" by so called "real photographers" Just because you use editing software, with AI or not, does NOT make you any less of a photographer.

Greg Edwards's picture

It clearly states in the article

"I'll start by pointing out the obvious: there's little value in arguing in the comment section over whether or not you should use AI in post-processing. This argument has been happening in various forms for 100 years or more, with long-since dead photographers experimenting in darkrooms."

Perhaps you missed that.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Daayyumm, each one of your posts are sounding more and more deranged and disgruntled.

Alex Cooke's picture

Dude, Ansel Adams was the second president of the U.S. Everyone knows that.

Gary WWU85's picture

I don't think is true! He was the second person to walk on the moon.

Lesko Brandon's picture

Says the unsuccessful, "has been", bitter, so called photographer who who never made it.

Manny Robalino's picture

dang whipperSNAPPers.