HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs demonstrates how he makes fireworks pop in his latest video using Skylum Software’s Luminar 2018. Skylum Software continues to gain traction with photographers as they look for alternatives to the Adobe ecosystem.
Ratcliff has received international fame for his HDR (high dynamic range) work over the years, receiving the distinction for having the first HDR image hung in the Smithsonian, as well partnering 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 and effects that were once reserved for the Photoshop elite, now available to the masses to tease images to their liking. In this video, Ratcliff quickly demonstrates how he edits his firework photos, making them pop through the use of both the structure filter and one of his favorite filters, accent AI. He also mentions what I believe is one of the biggest benefits of using Luminar and that’s the use of layers without having to leave to continue working in Photoshop. Luminar sells for only $69 with no subscription payments, and 14-day trial offers are available for those who are interested.