Luminar 4 and Luminar AI default photo exposure

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    Austin Miller

    Hello Alex,

    Could you please specify if the images in the Apple Photos have RAW format?

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    Alex Wibowo

    Hi Austin,

    yes they are.

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    Austin Miller

    Hello Alex,

    Please note that Luminar uses a pure RAW converter, showing the image as it was taken by the camera. 

    What you see is normal behavior for all RAW files. RAWs contain what's called an embedded JPEG - it's a JPEG with automatic adjustments applied by the camera. Your camera uses it to display a preview, and image viewing software might also show the embedded JPEG. Embedded JPEG is not how your camera shot the photo, it's a beautified version of it.

    When you open an image in Luminar, you might see a JPEG preview for a bit while the original RAW is being loaded.

    Once the file is rendered, you'll see the image exactly as it was taken by the camera. 

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    Alex Wibowo

    Hi Austin,

    Thanks for that explanation. You are right, when the image is loaded, there was a brief moment where the image was shown just like in Apple photos. My questions :

    1. Is there a way to make this automatic adjustment by default when the image is loaded ? Because if Apple photos allows us to edit the raw (but beautified) photo, why can’t luminar do that? Even if there is a button that does “auto adjust”, that will significantly help. Imagine having to readjust the exposure ourselves, knowing where and which knobs to turn, every time the image loaded. That’s horrendous ! Especially if the “AI” should know which one to apply already (image is under/ over exposed).

    2. I remember in the past that luminar AI and 4 load these “beautified” photo by default . Has any update changed this behaviour ?

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    Elena O'Brien

    Hi Alex Wibowo,

    Thank you for your feedback, I can see why you'd like to see the beautified version of the image. However, at this time, I am afraid, it is not possible to choose it.

    However, Luminar 4 and AI are color-managed. It means that Luminar interprets which color profile is selected on your OS  and adjusts to it. Therefore, the same thing happened in our previous applications, I am afraid.

    However, I will make sure to pass your feedback to our developers!

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