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Meta Reviews The Best Post Production Software For Beginners

The Best Post Production Software for Beginner Photographers

The Best Post Production Software – In this Post Production Software Section of Photography Reviews, Meta Reviews The Best Post Production Software For Beginners.

Meta’s Recommended Post Production Software has 4 to 5 Star Ratings on Amazon!

Post Production Software – Meta always Shoots in RAW for The Best Quality Photographs, better exposure correction, full control over white balance, better sharpening and noise reduction, no JPEG artifacts, no double JPEG compression, and a much wider color space.

RAW Files are Digital Film Negatives – Like old Film Negatives, RAW Images never get altered or touched during the entire post production process. RAW images contain 16 bits of color and detail, compared to only 8 bits in JPEG. In mathematical terms that equates to 68.7 billion colors in RAW, versus only 16.7 million colors in JPEG – That’s 256x More Colors! So why are you still shooting in JPEG?

Two Step Approach – When using Post Production Software on RAW Images, Meta uses a 2 Step Approach to Post Production.

1) Work on the RAW Image – Turn on the Histogram Markers, Set the Whites and Blacks. Drop down the Highlights. Zoom-In and Adjust the Noise and Sharpness as a balance of each other. Save the File along with the RAW Image used to create it.

2) Add an Adjustment Layer – Name it Color. Now Select a Preset or Use your own Creative Talents to Finish the Photography on the Adjustment Layer, not the RAW Layer. Save the file along side the RAW Image that was used to create it.

The reason for the 2 Step Approach is if you just apply a Preset to your RAW Image, you’ll loose the Whites, Blacks, Noise Reduction and Sharpness, which are unique to each RAW Image, and not part of the Preset.

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Luminar Flex – Post Production Software

Skylum Luminar Flex with Accent AI 2.0 Before and After
Luminar Flex – With Accent AI 2.0 Before and After

Skylum Software’s Luminar Flex

Don’t Get Tricked into Renting Your Post Production Software – Tired of paying your Monthly Adobe Bill? Guess what... it’s gone up again!

Want to Simplify and Streamline your RAW Photo Editing Workflow?

Meta’s Goal was to Simplify and Streamline her Post Production Software and Workflow – With no more rising monthly rental fees!

Meta’s Post Production Software had to be fast, powerful, easy to use, easy to learn, and must include a Real User’s Manual – Not just a few YouTube Video Tutorials! Meta didn’t need a Complex Digital Asset Manager (DAM)! 4 Star Rated!

Luminar Flex

“Luminar Flex is Luminar 3 without the Complex Digital Asset Manager”

Meta picked Skylum’s Luminar Flex for her RAW Post Production Application. This Powerful Post Production Software, now with AI Sky Enhancement and Accent AI 2.0, can replace both Subscription Based Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom! 4 Star Rated!

Luminar Flex is a full featured RAW Post Production Application. Luminar Flex includes over 300 robust tools and features, including fast RAW support, layers, custom brush for selective editing, masking, dozens of plug-in photo filters with custom adjustments, presets and a more. Luminar Flex brings an innovative Mac user interface, that photographers can adjust and customize based on the style of their photography, skill level and preferences. This makes Luminar Flex a highly personalized photo software tool, suitable for all digital photographers.

Luminar Flex lets RAW Photographers continue to use their host software of choice, while taking advantage of Luminar’s one-of-a-kind RAW editing features, such as AI Sky Enhancement, Accent AI 2.0 with “Human-Aware” Technology, Golden Hour and Details Enhancer.

Photography TipsLuminar Flex is marketed as a Plug-In for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Photos for Macintosh and Apple Aperture, but it’s also a Standalone Application. This is confusing if you are looking for a Standalone Application and not a Plug-In.

Luminar Flex User’s Manual


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Meta Reviews The Best Post Production Instructional Guides

The Photographer's Guide to Luminar

The Photographer’s Guide to Luminar

– Jeff Carlson

For photographers looking for either an alternative to Adobe Lightroom or simply a fantastic photo-editing application at a great price, Luminar is increasingly the solution for both professional and amateur photographers. From a powerful RAW engine that includes real-time noise reduction and advanced color processing and sharpening tools to customizable workspaces, intelligent photo editing filters, and adaptive presets that streamline your photo editing, Luminar has everything you need to quickly create stunning photos. 5 Star Rated!

Aurora HDR – HDR Post Production Software

Skylum Aurora Before and After
Skylum Aurora HDR – Before and After

Skylum Software’s Aurora HDR

Aurora HDR – Based on Meta’s excellent experience with Skylum’s Luminar Flex RAW Processing Application, Meta choose Skylum’s Aurora HDR for her RAW HDR Processing.

Aurora HDR and Luminar Flex – These two applications share nearly identical user interfaces, making it easy to learn, plus they can function as Plug-Ins for each other, making it easy to switch between the two Applications, when working on the same image. Aurora HDR comes with a User’s Manual!

Aurora HDR was co-developed with the world famous New Zealand HDR Photographer Trey Ratcliff.

Aurora HDR was awarded “Best App of the Year” in 2017 by Apple!

Aurora HDR

Aurora HDR Ads Improved Tone Mapping, New Quantum HDR Engine™, New HDR Enhance Panel with Smart Structure, and Improved Adjustable Gradient Filter.

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