23 Sep Luminar 4 – Sky Replacement Tutorial

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Luminar 4

Skylum make a great little piece of software called Luminar 4 which has many AI driven features to help the photographer. The aim is to spend more time photographing and less time in front of a computer screen.

Sky replacement

it is a sad fact of Landscape Photography that nature does not always play ball. You can stack the odds in your favor by getting up and out during the golden hours but even then results may disappoint. A clear morning seems like a win but often results in a lack of colour in the sky which can make or break a composition.

Luminar 4 supports an AI-assisted feature to quickly replace the sky in an image with either a provided option or with your own file.

In this article I’ll walk through the steps that I took to process the drone photo of the Camel Estuary in Padstow, Cornwall.

Sky Replacement – Before and After

Camel Estuary at dawn
Taken with a Parrot Anafi Camera Drone

Camel Estuary at dawn – Processed
Taken with a Parrot Anafi Camera Drone

Creating a sky library

While Luminar 4 ships with a reasonable selection of skies that are suitable for a variety of scenes I would strongly recommend creating your own ‘library’ of images to use. This not only give you more flexibility and uniqueness in the finished edit but also it feels a little less like cheating if you use elements of your own work to create the

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