Deal of the day: Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR (coupon code included)

The Luminar 2018 Holiday offer is now live (until December 31):

  • Current Luminar users can upgrade for $39 with coupon code NIKONRUMORS
  • New users can buy Luminar 2018 for $59 with coupon code NIKONRUMORS

A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase: The Shootkit ebook, Preset pack: 20 Festive Texture Presets, 500+ Sky overlays for Sky replacement, Video tutorial "How to replace Sky in Luminar" and “Capture: Adventures in Photography” ebook by Simon & Lisa Thomas, the world’s foremost adventure motorcyclists.

Luminar 2018 has added support for the Nikon D850 camera.

The Aurora HDR special offer is also now available (until December 31):

  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade for $29 with  coupon code NIKONRUMORS
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $69 with coupon code NIKONRUMORS

A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase: Deep Dive video tutorial from Trey Ratcliff, “How to create realistic HDR images” Ebook,  and 2 Preset Packs - 40 presets! Preset Pack 1 - Winter Vibes. Preset Pack 2 - Wonderland.

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  • Remi Thiriat

    I have tried Luminar 2018 (on PC W10) and it does not seem to support raw files (the program stops if you try to open a raw file). Only jpeg files can be opened.
    Has anyone had any similar experience with this product ?

    • tomherren

      It does open RAW files from my D750, but it takes 1-2 minutes per picture on my 8 year old Windows 7 PC. It regularly crashes when applying brushes or other partial adjustments in a particular filter. And the RAW develop filter is a joke. No WB preset catalog (daylight, in-camera, sunlight, flash etc.) and no pipette for manually choosing a reference spot for WB. After multiple attempts I finally got an answer from Macphun support where they agreed to proceed to a refund and expressed their hope to have me as a customer again “once Luminar for Windows overcome their early state issues.” I take this quote as an acknowledgement of having sold a pre-beta software.

    • tomherren

      My earlier post in answer to your question has obviously been deleted. I don’t know why but assume this has been done due to my not very positive comments onLuminar for Windows

      • NoNonsense

        I tried it and quickly deleted it. I didn’t like it at all. I think all this publicity for that product is being paid for. I doubt it’s all free mentions just because everyone is mad at Adobe.
        Capture One is far better and more professional and if you can stomach the monthly $10 for LR or use the last standalone version, that’s even better yet.

        • Thom Hogan

          MacPhun has aggressively courted Web sites. I’ve gotten multiple emails from multiple people at the company asking to do some sort of promotional deal with them. I actually believe a number of Web sites are crossing the line with the FTC regulations by not disclosing a relationship.

          • NoNonsense

            I’m not sure if it’s legally proper or not, but I’m just tired of seeing it pushed over and over. It’s not even that great of a product (my personal opinion after trying it).

      • I have not deleted any posts. If your post contains a link, it may be held up for moderation. Please don’t make such assumptions.

        • tomherren

          No link contained, but disqus detected it as spam. Sorry for the wrong assumption.

          • I just approved it, no idea why discuss marked it as spam.

            • Allan

              Here’s what’s interesting. On a tab opened to this topic, I don’t see tomherren’s comment from 9 hours ago.

              But, when I open a new tab and load the topic I see Tom’s comment.


            • discuss is weird sometimes

            • Thom Hogan

              If you open discuss from an email message, it often truncates discussions.

      • Allan

        If you keep your original tab open, you’ll see your post with the message, waiting for moderation.

        If you open a new tab, and load the page, you won’t see your post.

        When Peter approves your post with the link, the top example usually still shows waiting for moderation.

        The second example will now show your post.

        Additionally, if you edit a comment, I don’t think readers see the edit, unless they reload the page.

        • Allan

          I need a life. 🙂

    • Erwin Vanbrabant

      it even opens the nef files of My D850 as fast as PS No problems here on a MSI dominator

  • MY OB

    Tried NIKONRUMORS for the $10 discount….. Didn’t work for me?

  • animalsbybarry
    • Allan

      Happy Chanukah to you, Barry.

  • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

    Is this necessary if I have creative cloud?
    Is it something that can’t be done with Photoshop 2018? Thanks!

    • Just Me

      Different methodology to do the same thing. Nobody can tell you which is better for you.

  • Rod P

    $85 from the UK, really don’t like companies who do this price gouging. Shame really

    • Kriss_De_Valnor

      Just grab DXO PhotoLab for 79GBP. Some time ago i got DXO OpticsPro 11 for free – i’m not missing Lightroom at all.

  • Bijan Choudhury

    I have a strong feeling that the Nikon Mirrorless is coming with IBIS…
    That is why Fujifilm is adding IBIS to its XT line…
    Not sure if it is FF or APS-C though…
    Could be both…

    • I’ll take it. 🙂

    • Yes, this is one explanation of the long mirrorless wait – Nikon want to make it right.

  • Thanks for your better post.

  • karayuschij

    I have tried Luminar 2018. Apparently it is very nice, but looking closer (your images @100%) you can see that it generates a lot of noise and artifacts. A perfect toy for Facebook and Instagram users, but surely not an instrument for professionals.

    • Thom Hogan

      It can, as can Lightroom/ACR if you run the sliders in ways that promote that. As with any processing software, you have to master it.

      • karayuschij

        Many of the filters, pushing the sliders more than 10% to the right produce noise and artifacts. So why this useless 90%?
        It would be very better to have a straighter range and a finer tuning

        • Thom Hogan

          I’ll give Adobe credit where credit is due: they have better nuanced tonality changes on their Highlights, Shadows, Blacks, Whites, Contrast, and other related sliders than any other products out there.

          The temptation as a developer is to set 0 and some max and then run a linear change as the slider is moved. Adobe doesn’t do that (any more ;~). The only place I find that the Adobe products still have some propensity to deliver noise on big slider swings is in the Lightroom HSL controls. You do have to be careful there.

          • karayuschij

            Yes, I agree with that, and I tend to not move the cursors in the HSL controls more than ± 15 (sometimes ± 20)

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