Landscape Photo Editing Techniques with Luminar

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The internet is filled with landscape photos, and more are added every day. You want your photos to catch the eye and not blend into the background with all the others.

So how do you make your landscape images stand out?

A strong composition and clever editing techniques, like the ones I’m going to show you today in Luminar, will help you get ahead of the crowd.

Filters in Luminar

There are a wide variety of useful filters in Luminar, and they’re arranged into different workspaces. There’s a workspace for every style of photography, from Quick and Easy, through Black & White, to Professional. Each workspace contains the tools that are most useful for that type of editing, such as soft focus for the Portrait workspace.

Foliage Enhancer

Foliage Enhancer is a nifty little trick for enhancing the greens and yellows in your image and making them take center stage.

Here’s the original image:

make landscapes stand out

Here it is with the foliage enhancer filter applied:

foliage enhancer

You’ll find the Foliage Enhancer filter in the Filters menu on the right-hand side of the screen:

foliage enhancer menu

One of the cool things about the filters in Luminar is that you can mix and match them to create even more unique effects.

As well as enhancing the foliage, I decided to use the Sunrays filter. This adds sunlight to your image. The trick here is getting the placement of the sun center in the right place for your image.

You can click where you want to place the sun, and move it around until you find a good position. The Sunrays filter also allows you to adjust the warmth, glow, sunray amount and length, as well as other features:

filter menu

Here’s the image with the sunrays applied:

luminar sunrays

Accent AI 2.0

The image is still looking a bit dark, so I’m going to try the new and improved Accent AI 2.0 filter. This filter is the second generation of artificial intelligence used in Luminar, and it has enhanced abilities to recognize people and skies in the image and make the adjustments accordingly.

Here is the image with all three of the filters applied: Foliage Enhancer, Sunrays, and Accent AI 2.0.

accent ai

LUT Mapping

LUT mapping is a brilliant way to color grade your images and give them a harmonious color scheme. LUTs are best applied after all of your other adjustments have been done, because they add the finishing touches.

Here’s the original image I’m using:

lut mapping

First off, I used Accent AI 2.0 to make any basic adjustments the image needed, then I added a LUT to the image.

The LUT filter menu is on the filters drop-down, and if you click on Choose LUT, you’ll find a selection of built-in LUTs to choose from:

lut mapping menu

I chose to use the LUT “Beijing” to enhance this image, and this is at 100 percent strength. You can adjust how strong you want the LUT to look on your images:

beijing lut

All photos © Raffaele Cabras

LUTs are a great way to bring out the best in your landscapes, as long as you do all your adjusting before applying them.

There are lots of versatile filters that you can use in Luminar to give your landscape images a creative edge. You can even create layers with different filters on them for a dramatic, unique look.

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