Photo Taco – Luminar vs Lightroom

In Photo Taco Podcast by Jeff Harmon

Jeff Harmon goes over 10 observations he has made comparing the new Luminar software from MacPhun with the old market leader in Adobe Lightrooom.

1. Non-live histogram
2. Layers Concept
3. Eraser tool (spot removal)
4. Deniose tool (noise reduction)
5. Filters
6. Presets
7. Before/After views
8. Saving
9. Overall speed
10. Pricing* – Correction to what was in the episode, it is only $69 making it an even more incredible value!


Jeff LOVES where MacPhun is going with Luminar and thinks they already have a very feature rich post-processing application here. However, the recommendation for photographers starting here in February 2017 is Lightroom. Start with the stand-alone version of Lightroom for $150 and master it. When you get to the point where you need to do something with a photo that can't be done in Lightroom then go to the Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers subscription for $10/mo.

Keep an eye on MacPhun and their Luminar product though because they are thinking about things differently, have a newer code base to work from, and they are going places fast enough Jeff could easily see Luminar becoming his recommendation for photographers just getting started.


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Photo Taco – Histogram Explained:
Photo Taco – Photoshop Round Tripping Collections:
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Jeff Harmon

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The hobbyist editor here at IT Professional by day, passionate hobbyist photographer ever other second possible. Living in Herriman, Utah. Loves trying to capture the beauty around every day and family portraits occasionally. Be sure to check out my portfolio at