So the single reason I bought Skylum Luminar was for the sky replacement tool to help speed up my real estate photography when the skys aren't great.
But I find there are too many issues with Luminar's sky replacement currently.
The relighting function, as has been mention here a few times, needs a zero setting so that it doesn't alter the rest of the image, this is really important as we will have already colour corrected the image and don't necessarily want it to be changed, sometimes, yes, but if I don't then I don't.
I'm usually using sky replacement because the original sky was grey, but if there are other grey parts of the image, guttering for instance, or window frames, or garage doors or rooftops sometimes, then the sky often bleeds into those parts of the image, meaning I have to start messing about with masking and the masking options in Luminar are poor and badly implemented.
The masking is poor partly because of the relighting issue which pretty much renders it useless most of the time since you can't have zero relighting and if you mask out the sky where Luminar has incorrectly put it, you mask out the relighting as well and have an odd patch of the original image surrounded by the 'relit image. The masking is poor also because it is too basic, there are no tools like you get with On One software that really helps with masking, there really needs to be advanced options that help you select only the colours or luminance that you want to mask out.
Sky positioning, why are we limited to only vertical adjustment? We need to have total control over sky positioning, for instance, I may have a weak sky with the sun in it that I want to keep and have a replacement sky with a sun that is off to the left, but can't use it!
More control over what parts of the old sky to keep or remove. I had a sky the other day with some dark clouds in it which always persisted with every sky I chose to put in, there doesn't seem to be a way of painting out the parts of the original sky if Luminar has decided they should stay, so I'd have to remember to prepare the image before bringing it into Luminar. So we need more controls over what happens to the parts of the sky that is being replaced.
Similarly, there's no way to force Luminar to replace the sky when it isn't a significant part of the image. For instance, I shot a house the other day where the house filled most of the image, with relatively little sky along the top, Luminar wouldn't replace the Sky so I had to take the image into On One instead and so completed the rest of the images there - this is something that I'm resorting to more and more, try an image in Luminar in the hope it will quickly replace the sky, but finding too many issues and giving up because it will be quicker and easier in On One, or Photoshop. Luminar is great and fast when it works and I am still hopeful of its potential, but Skylum needs to really put some work into addressing quite a lot of issues.
These are just the issues that come to mind right now, if I remember any more I'll add to the post.
It would be nice once you've addressed all these issues to build in a replace reflection too as well, I understand we can do this using layers etc, but it would be cool to implement that in the sky replacement tool.
Admin, please don't close down this thread as 'answered' this is very annoying. let others comment and add to the post as they see fit, other people will have issues they want to raise and some people may even have solutions. I find this closing down nearly every post and classifying them as 'answered' bizarre and annoying, makes this forum seem an unwelcoming place to be. Leave us free to discuss and communicate.
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