Making the Sun Pop With Luminar 2018

Famed photographer Trey Ratcliff over at Stuck in Customs shows how to jazz up your sun in one of his latest video’s using Skylum Software’s Luminar 2018. Skylum Software has gained quite a following as it works to dethrone Adobe as the go-to raw photo editor.

As Ratcliff states in various videos, he “unapologetically edits his photos” to his taste, so for the die-hard photographers who are not fans of heavy editing and lots of filters, turn back now. Ratcliff has received international fame as being an HDR (high dynamic range) photographer, but has also now worked with companies such as Peak Design and Skylum Software on various projects, such as the Everyday Messenger Bag and Aurora HDR.

Skylum’s Luminar 2018 is packed full of filters that were once reserved for only Photoshop masters, now available to the masses to twist and tease their images to their hearts desire. While this can easily be overdone, subtle edits with Luminar can really enhance the final version of your photos. Ratcliff quickly walks through one of the more popular filters in this episode, Sunrays, explaining how to craft the light to your liking using the controls provided. Luminar sells for only $69 with no subscription payments, but 14-day trial offers are available for those who are interested. 

Check out more of Ratcliff's work on his website and Instagram.

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Trey Amick is a full-time photographer based in Northern VA. Trey found photography as an outlet to the work-life he wanted out of, and after several years made the jump. Trey focuses on landscapes for personal projects but can be found working on commercial projects and weddings as well. Trey also enjoys bladesmithing.

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no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, God no, ffs.

If only it didn't take so long to load. Or maybe if the digital asset manager was delivered as promised

The only redeeming thing about this article is that it has nothing to do with Jared Polin

He is known for promoting things you don’t really need

Agreed. He heavily promotes software gimmics like this as he gets a percentage of the profits. Not to mention the over-processing but I guess he's entitled to his style and taste. I once heard him say at the annual professional photography awards in New Zealand a few years back where he was a guest judge "i just really like sunsets" when awarding highly on an image. The other judges were perplexed at the remark.