Photographers often get confused about which editing software to choose between Lightroom and Luminar. Though the former is more popular, the latter is also capable to compete with it. In fact, Luminar is much faster than Lightroom in editing photos. Both have some advantages as well as disadvantages. In this article, you will get to know the detailed comparison between Lightroom and Luminar. It will help you to decide which one of the two should you use.
Lightroom Or Luminar: Which One Should You Choose?
You cannot start the program of Lightroom right away with one click, but in Luminar you can. Users agree that the workspace of Luminar is much cleaner and easy to use than that of Lightroom. Also, you can start editing a RAW image in Luminar by just pointing it out on it. In Lightroom, you need to import the photo for editing. In both, the original photo remains intact. Lightroom beats Luminar in offering more export options.
Luminar has some awesome creative editing tools that you will not find in Lightroom. You can change the entire look of your photo using these tools. From adding flying birds and sun rays in the sky to altering facial expressions, the Luminar creative tools can do wonders. If you use Lightroom, you have no choice but to go to Photoshop to have such effects. If you find it hard to use Photoshop, Lightroom might not be the best option for you, as you will not be able to edit photos at the pixel level.
In the essentials panel, you will find tools for general editing, and in the creative panel, you will get the tools for creative modifications.
Luminar simply lacks a vigorous cataloging system like Lightroom. If you are a professional photographer, you must have a huge number of photographs to manage. Using metadata would be a problem for you in Luminar. You should go for Lightroom to get an extensive cataloging option. In fact, the major reason for professionals giving more preference to Lightroom over Luminar is this cataloging facility. However, it should not be an issue for an amateur or aspiring photographer who owns a small number of photos.
You should definitely consider the speed of the editing software, especially if your job requires you to edit photos in bulk. Lightroom is not like before in this matter. After several degrees of upgradations, it has reached a point where you can work in it impressively fast. Compared to that, Luminar is a bit slower. But at the same time, you can easily shift from the library to the module quite easily in it.
As you see, there is a nip and tuck competition between Lightroom and Luminar. Though Adobe Lightroom is much older in the field, it seems like Luminar might win its place with its more developed free features. You should choose one according to the degree of your editing, the number of photos that you edit regularly, your experience, and comfort. You may choose Luminar as your primary editing program. You can even use both Luminar and Lightroom simultaneously.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.