Lightroom is not only a great photo editor on its own, it also allows users to use various presets and LUTs for quicker edits to your photos. This really enhances the overall usability of the software and makes it a great choice for professional image editors who know what they are doing.
Generally, LUTs can only help in tweaking development settings of an image that alter the input color into a similar output color consistently in an image. So before you start using LUTs in Lightroom, let’s talk about some important points you should keep in mind.
Proper way to use LUTs; Dos and Don’ts
- Alter the colors of your photo before taking it through the LUT process. As your LUT adds a specific style to an image, you shouldn’t try to alter with the style, so that the LUT doesn’t mess extensively with the colors.
- If you wish to alter the style of a LUT, tweak it after the LUT. However you must be cautious with this process because most LUTs limit to the editing capabilities of an image. They may also saturate or burn specific colors or minimize detail in shadows or highlights.
- LUTs aren’t magic! There aren’t many LUTs available that will work amazingly with your images and require a lot of trial and error. LUTs have been ideally made for BnW and exposure alterations. If your image isn’t balanced correctly you may have to correct it before applying a LUT.
- Don’t use LUTs just because you can. You should know why you’re opting for a specific LUT. Do a detailed search and be willing to make creative choices. You should remember that LUTs are a part of color grading system that is more of an artistic medium. So LUTs can easily make you lose that realistic touch in a photo and should therefore be used very carefully.
Alternative Choices to Lightroom and LUTs
The world of Mac is in the middle of a photo editor rebirth, with programs that continue to progress and availability of third-party choices likes Affinity Photo. Adobe has also launched Lightroom CC, which is a cloud-based prototype of Lightroom. Macphun until now, have developed numerous famous photography programs for Mac and are now introducing Luminar 2018 as their solution to the increasingly demanding software realm.
Adobe’s Lightroom has created quite a bit of debate in the photography forums, as photographers stumble on problems they face with owning latest workflows and coming up with organization strategies. Add to that the complexity new users may face while using its presets and LUTs, and the 2018 version of Luminar and its plug-in aims to offer a suitable alternative.
The very first notable change upon launching Luminar 2018 is the improved interface. The program feels powerful to use as it is packed with adobe Lightroom features. Professionals will be grateful for a brand new RAW engine for developing images taken with almost all high-end cameras. Added to that, Luminar has very good built-in presets and LUTs that work for almost every captured scene. The process of using presets with Luminar is far easier than it is with Lightroom. You don’t even have to look around the internet for these presets and LUTs, as they are already a part of the program.
So if you’re looking for something simpler that gives you essentially the same control over your photos as Lightroom does with its presets and LUTs, you should seriously consider using Luminar or its plugin for Lightroom instead.