21 Feb

Source: richardsimko.com

One Fujifilm Xtrans file, two RAW converters. Adobe Lightroom vs Macphun Luminar? Macphun Luminar? How do the two stack up? I shoot Fujifilm cameras for a few years and Adobe Lightroom is my RAW converter of choice. Granted, it has never been too kind to Xtrans files but, it improved over the years. Luminar is a new kid on the block. Macphun recently announced it’s a RAW converter called Luminar. I purchased it last year when it was on preorder for discounted price. I played with it a little but not enough to get under its skin. In firs few months of its existence it went through few minor upgrades and bug fixes so I decided to put it to the test.

Lightroom vs Luminar

I am not going to do a full review and compare the functionality between the two. Both applications allow you to develop your RAW files. Furthermore, Lightroom’s functionality covers the entire photographic workflow. Luminar is a RAW developing tool only. It comes as either standalone application, or as a plug-in for Lightroom or Photoshop. As a plug-in, it works on already demosaiced files on top of Adobe RAW. It can also completely bypass Adobe Raw and take over the RAW conversion altogether. The user can choose. It does create it’s own TIFF file which is on exit put back into Lightroom catalog. It is possible to save the file out in Luminar’s native format. This file format keeps all the edits and adjustments available for later use. In this case, it is not put back into Lightroom catalog….