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Skylum Announces Luminar 4 with AI Sky Replacement

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If Adobe doubles the price of the Photography Bundle this will look a whole lot more attractive

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Spring Sale for Luminar 3.1 and Aurora HDR

The Spring Offer is available April 25 through May 14.


• Luminar 3.1 is US$60 (US$50 with the coupon code “Snapshot”) instead of US$70

• Luminar 3.1 + Photography 101 video course by SLR lounge (worth US$99) bundle is US$69 (US$59 with the coupon code “Snapshot”) instead of US$169

• Luminar 3.1 + Aurora HDR (worth US$99) + Photography 101 video course by SLR lounge (worth US$99) bundle is US$129 (US$119 with the coupon code “Snapshot”) instead of US$268

Click here to check out the deal and use the coupon code “Snapshot” for additional savings.

Use the coupon code “Snapshot” for additional savings.

Use the coupon code “Snapshot” for additional savings.

A New Plugin by Skylum: Luminar Flex

Gary Detonnancourt

Use this link to purchase and download Luminar Flex.

and use coupon code "SNAPSHOT" to get $10 off.

Click on the image above if you would like to get in on this 4 course deal. It includes a class on basic photography, Lightroom, composition, and Luminar 3. Don’t miss out on the best deal of the year.

Click on the image above if you would like to get in on this 4 course deal. It includes a class on basic photography, Lightroom, composition, and Luminar 3. Don’t miss out on the best deal of the year.

Using Luminar 3 as a Lightroom Plugin

Gary Detonnancourt

Check out this four-course bundle which includes:

  • Luminar 3

  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Lightroom

  • F**k the Rules, Your Composition Your Way

  • Learn to Create More than a Snapshot Photography Course

The pre-sale Black Friday price is $50 and you can click here to purchase this bundle.

If you don’t currently own Luminar you can purchase it now during their black Friday deal by clicking here. Since your purchasing it now you will get the upgrade to Luminar 3 free when it’s released on December 18th. The software has been release and they have extended the sale. They are also offering many bonuses with this sale that you can check out on their sales page.

If you decide to buy it use the coupon code “SNAPSHOT” to get $10 off.

Luminar Libraries & AI Sky Enhancer are Coming!

Gary Detonnancourt

Luminar is an image editing program made by Skylum. It is easy to use and quite powerful and could possibly be used instead of Adobe’s Lightroom. Why consider using Luminar, because it’s much cheaper than Lightroom and Photoshop. The main drawback to switching to Luminar has been that there was no way to organize and rate your images. This is all about to change in December of 2018 when Skylum plans to add a Library tool to Luminar and it will be a free update for anyone that owns Luminar 2018. Use my Coupon Code “SNAPSHOT” to get $10 Off.

That’s not all, on November 1st, there will be an update to Luminar 2018 that adds AI Sky Enhancer. This filter was created for photographers who would rather focus on creating photos, and have neither the time or inclination to spend hours correcting their images.

By moving a single slider you can add depth, definition, and detail to the sky without exposing unwanted artifacts or affecting any other aspect of the image.

No one wants boring skies in their photos, and restoring and improving the sky is one of the most important things while creating a masterpiece. We’ve done our best to make this process as simple as it can be -  the new AI Sky Enhancer creates no halos, automatically detects the edges of the sky and recognizes the sky even inside other objects such as bridges.

Please click here to see all of the details and examples of these updates.

Skylum is Releasing a New Version of Aurora HDR 2019

Gary Detonnancourt


Skylum, formerly know as MacPhun, will be releasing a new version of Aurora HDR 2019 on October 4th but you can pre-order the software today and get some special bonuses. I’ll put the pre-order link and details below. MacPhun used to make great image editing software for the Mac, but they have re-invented themselves as Skylum and now offer their software for both Mac and PCs.

Why do you need an HDR program or plugin? Well it all comes down to dynamic range. When you look at something with your eyes you can see about 20 stops of light which means you can see details in the shadows and in the highlights of a scene. The problem is your camera isn’t as good as your eyes and most cameras can only capture about 10-12 stops of dynamic range. This means that you will end up with some images that have over exposed highlights or underexposed shadows.

The solution to this problem is to take a series of bracketed exposures ( like -2 ev, 0, and +2 ev) and combine them with an HDR program like Aurora HDR 2019. It helps to take these images with a tripod so you get exactly the same shot every time. This will allow you to use all of the best parts of the exposures and to combine them into one image that has the correct exposure throughout the entire image. Did you forget to take a bracketed series of images? No problem, Aurora HDR can extract the most information possible out of a single image and the final result will have more detail throughout your exposure.

I have used Nik HDR Effects and Lightrooms HDR processing and I have to say that I think Aurora HDR 2019 is the best in class and definitely the most up to date and modern software for creating HDR images. First of all Aurora HDR is fairly simple to use, but most importantly I think it gives you the most creative options for processing your image. There are plenty of Looks, LUTs, and adjustment tools that you can use to customize your image more than any other plugin I’ve seen.

I highly recommend Aurora HDR 2019 because it can really help take your images to the next level. It offers totally none destructive editing with a new and improved History panel which will allow you to revert back to any point in your editing workflow. Here are a few more details about the new version.

Skylum’s Quantum HDR Engine harnesses the power of AI for a more streamlined editing experience than ever before. It reduces burned-out colors, loss of contrast, noise and unnatural lighting caused by halos and unstable deghosting.

The Quantum HDR Engine has taken three years to create within Skylum’s AI lab, and contains the vast knowledge of the development team paired with artificial intelligence to bring you seamless HDR editing, be it with a single image or multiple bracketed shots.

Skylum’s developers tested thousands of bracketed shots through a neural network, and used the results to develop the technology needed for creating incredible HDR photographs - whether it’s real estate, landscape, cityscape or any other type of HDR photography.


Here are the most essential changes:

  • New Quantum HDR Engine

  • LUTs support with 11 New Integrated LUTs

  • Photoshop plugins support

  • New HDR Smart Structure filter for realistic and artefact-free structure (can be found in the new HDR Enhance filter)

  • Presets are now called ‘Looks’

  • Improved Adjustable Gradient filter with new sliders for Shadows and Highlights added

  • Improved HDR Details Boost Effect (the photo is shown in high-resolution while fine-tuning the filter)

Aurora HDR 2019 will be available for pre-order on September, 12, and released on October, 4.


Pre-Order Pricing:

  • Current users may upgrade at a price of $49 USD ($59 USD MSRP)

  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2019 at a price of $89 USD ($99 USD MRSP)


Pre-Order Bonuses:

  • Video Tutorial: Getting the Most from Aurora HDR 2019 by Trey Ratcliff

  • Landscape Photography Handbook by  David Johnston

  • Burning Moods Looks by Richard Harrington

Click here to pre-order your copy of Aurora HDR 2019