March 8th, 2017
I know there are readers out there that would jump at the chance to find an alternative to Lightroom. Some don’t like the idea of subscription software and some don’t like the slowness of Lightroom. So when I ran across Luminar by Macphun that has all but a few Lightroom features I decided to try it out.
I’ve been stunned by how fast and easy Luminar is to use. It’s fast because it doesn’t build a giant catalog of images like Lightroom does. This may be a downside for those that use Lightroom to organize their images but I would be happily to take Luminar’s speed and give up Lightroom’s catalog.
If it weren’t for lack of two essential real estate photography editing features that are missing in Luminar I would have already given up Lightroom and be using Luminar instead. It has layers, brushes, adjustable filters, batch mode and virtually all the sliders the Lightroom adjustment sliders except:
- Ability to fix verticals and horizontals (Lightroom Transform Panel): This is being able to fix verticals and horizontals. I could even live without my beloved “Auto Upright” button if Luminar could just adjust verticals and horizontals manually.
- Ability to fix barrel distortion (Lightroom Lens Correction panel): This is where you can straighten those long, slightly curved lines near the edges of images. I’d be satisfied if Luminar was just able to manually correct barrel distortion.
I’ve already registered my plea for the above two features with the Macphun developers. We will see what happens.
I think Luminar is a wonderful photo editing application that is very close to the functionality of Lightroom. Luminar even has some features that are better than Lightroom at a great price of $69 USD. I’m using it for most of my non-real estate images. If you want to try it out go to this page and use the discount code REALESTATE at checkout for a $10 discount.
Has anyone else tried Luminar? If you agree that Luminar needs the above two features leave a comment to that effect so it will add weight to my plea.
Update: As Mike points out below in the comments, the two missing features I’m complaining about above are on their way. See their compare features page.
My point is that Luminar is not going to work for your real estate work right now, but it is a product to watch. It’s missing just a few features which are already in their development pipeline.