Sometimes the best photographs can lack that little something extra, like a better sky. We’ve all been there, we snap a shot that looks amazing but the skies in the background are overexposed or lack any sort of depth. Luminar 4, by Skylum Software, wants to help you with that issue by making the skies in your photos pop in seconds.
Luminar 4 uses AI to enhance the skies in your favorite photos. It also promises to do it quickly and without the hassle of layers and masking. Those of us who use Photoshop and Lightroom know that it can be done in these programs but often with a bit of effort. It would be nice to make it a bit easier, especially for those who can’t afford Adobe’s software.
“With Luminar 4 we continue to empower everyone who loves photography to make incredible images faster and easier,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum. “No one needs a “simply another photo editor” these days. That’s why with every Luminar update we bring photographers something truly meaningful, something that will really level up their creative skills.
Sky replacement methods have become popular in recent years with landscape photographers, in order for them to truly showcase their creative vision. Up until now, photographers have spent minutes or even hours manually replacing skies, through tools like Smart Selection, Luminosity Masking, Overlaying, Layers, Masking, Smart Brush, Color Range and more. And even with all those tools, it was hard to get a perfect sky.
While the development of AI Sky Replacement has been equally challenging, Skylum’s machine learning technology means that photographers can apply a realistic sky to their photograph in mere seconds, freeing up time to be more creative.
Now, Luminar 4 may not be for everyone. There are those who would rather not “fake” their photos and that’s okay. Some users see this type of software as more of an enhancement tool to give an image a bit of a boost. Whatever your position, new tools like this are always fun to at least experiment with.
Luminar 4 is set to be released this fall. Pre-orders are now available. Pricing will be announced at a later time, and upgrade pricing will be available for current users.
Last Updated on February 3, 2021.