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[Development software] Introduction of Luminar4 (SKYLUM)

Luminar4 is photo development software which was released on November 18, 2019 from SKYLUM.
Luminar4 allows you to edit photos like highlight, shadows, haze removal, exposure, contrast, white balance, noise removal, etc. just like lightroom.
In addition to the above functions, Luminar4 is equipped with AI (artificial intelligence) and has the following characteristic functions.

Features of Luminar4

・ AI automatically recognizes the sky in the photo and replaces it with another sky “AI Sky Replacement”
・ AI automatically recognizes the person in the photo and emphasizes only the background “AI Structure”
・ “AI Sky Enhancer” that automatically recognizes the sky in the photo and removes itching only from the sky.
・ Collaboration with lightroom is possible (raw data edited in lightroom can be sent directly to Luminar 4 for editing)
・ By purchase-out system, once you purchase the software, no additional payment is required. (Lightroom costs about 10,000 yen per year)

This time, I had a relationship with SKYLUM, and I was able to try out Luminar4 before it was released.
In this article, I will introduce the above three functions of Luminar4 using photos taken by the author.

Furthermore, you can save 10 dollar by entering “SHIZUKANA” in “Enter Promotion Code” on the purchase screen.
(Click here for order site)

AI Sky Replacement

The photo below is a picture of Gonoike in Mt. Ontake.
Summer clouds occur and the background is not visible.

I will try to replace the above picture with the AI ​​Sky Replacement function.
Since I wanted to make use of the color of the original photo, I use jpeg data for development. Of course, you can also use raw data.

[How to import photos into Luminar 4]
① Click the “+” mark in the upper left
② Click Edit Single Image to import the photo you want to edit

[How to set AI Sky Replacement]
③ Click the palette mark at the right end
④ Click “AI Sky Replacement” in the upper right
⑤ Click “Sky selection” in the upper right
⑥ Click any one of multiple empty patterns

This time I chose “bluesky6”.
The photos are shown below.
The left is before editing and the right is after editing.

What a cloudy sky has been replaced by a stunning blue sky …
It ’s very natural. You will probably not notice the edited photo.

In addition, we decided to make Gonoike at sunset with AI Sky Replacement set to “Dramatic Sunset3”.

I didn’t care about the color of the original photo this time, so I developed it using raw data.
If I simply change AI Sky Replacement, the color of the ground was unnatural. So I added the effect of “Golden Hour” and the ground was dyed orange.

[Golden hour setting method]
⑦ Click “Sun Mark” on the right
⑧ Click “Landscape Enhancer”
⑧ Adjust the value of “Golden Hour” and adjust the photo quality

The edited photo is shown below.
The left is before editing and the right is after editing.

This is the completion of Gonoike near the sunset.
It ’s very natural.
From now on, even if I posted a photo of nature on my blog, it seems like I was suspected to have edited it with Luminar 4!

These sky patterns can be created not only by using presets in the software, but also by yourself.

AI Structure

AI Structure is a function that AI automatically recognizes people and emphasizes places other than people.
This is equivalent to “texture” and “clarity” in lightroom.

Even if I say …, You can’t know what I’m saying, so here are some examples.

The following photo shows a woman eating watermelon in front of the foothills of Mt.

The tree in the background battle hut is sleepy.
Therefore, let’s make it clear by photo editing in order to get rid of sleep and give the texture of wood.

The following is an example of the above photo clarified by raising the lightroom texture to 80.
The left is before editing and the right is after editing.

Surely the tree of the battle hut became clear, but at the same time, it became as if a stain was made on the skin of the woman.
Is it about plus 15 years old?
If I show it to her, she will be angry. I feel thrown a watermelon by her.

Therefore, this problem can be solved by using AI structure of Luminar4.
Follow the steps below to set up AI Structure.

[AI Structure setting method]
① Click the “Sun mark” on the right
② Click “AI Structure” on the right
③ Adjust the “amount” and adjust the quality of the photo.


The following photo shows the AI ​​Structure amount increased to 80.
The left is before editing and the right is after editing.

How about that. The tree in the background battle hut is clear, but the skin of the woman is not change.
It seems that I won’t be able to throw a watermelon by her.

AI Sky Enhancer

AI Sky Enhancer is a function that AI automatically recognizes the sky part of the photo and removes itching from only the sky part.
In lightroom, this is equivalent to “removing haze”.

The following photo is from the Mt. Asahi in the Northern Alps
There is a lot of gas on this day, and the sky in the background is dim.

The following is a reference example in which the above picture has been removed by increasing the “Remove Haze” in lightroom to 50.
The left is before editing and the right is after editing.

The itch of the sky has been removed and it has become a blue sky.
However, the mountain in the back right has become an unnatural green color.

Therefore, you can solve this problem by using Luminar4’s “AI Sky Enhancer”.
Follow the steps below to set up AI Sky Enhancer.

[How to set AI Sky Enhancer]
① Click the “Sun mark” on the right
② Click “AI Enhance” in the upper right
③ Adjust the value of AI Sky Enhancer to adjust the photo quality

The photo with AI Sky Enhancer set is shown below.
The left is before editing and the right is after editing.

How about that.
The sky is changing from a cloudy sky to a blue sky, but the rest of the photo is not change.

How about Luminar4?
Luminar4 is a very good software that can be used alone or in combination with lightroom.
How about considering it?

Furthermore, you can save 10 dollar by entering “SHIZUKANA” in “Enter Promotion Code” on the purchase screen.
(Click here for order site)

The price varies depending on the included software. Either “inspiration edition” or “plus edition” will suffice. I think that “max edition” with Aurora HDR is rarely used at first.

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