Back in 2019 Skylum launched Luminar 4, the first software on the market offering a revolutionary feature: the automatic sky replacement technology. Today, this feature has been greatly improved with the new release of Luminar AI.
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Full disclosure! I’m a big fan of obtaining my images right in camera and my inspiration comes from being outdoor, seeking for the perfect moment. This is just my personal choice 🙂 However, I totally understand the need for some people to do it, especially for commercial/advertising photography.
SKY REPLACEMENT LUMINAR AI
When the sky replacement technology first launched, it was a game changer. With the recent update of Luminar AI, they brought this feature even further. The software now automatically reflects the new sky in the body of water (lake, sea, pool…) as well, in the most realistic way. Thanks to the new “Reflection Amount” slider, you can also adjust the intensity of the reflection.
This technology works perfectly even with the tiniest details intersecting your sky. It even relights your photo to match the lighting and colours of the new sky!
If you ever do sky replacement in your images, you’ll love Luminar AI. In the video below I’ll prove you how easy and fast it is to replace the sky using Luminar. (Scroll to the end for a promo code and to see the before/after!)
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SKY REPLACEMENT: A CLOSER LOOK
Below you’ll see the before and after of my 6 of my images where I’ve replaced the sky using Luminar AI. The replacement requires one simple click. If you’d like, you could upload your own sky or you could choose among several sky packages in the marketplace, including mine!
Below a comparison of the same image, where the sky replacement was done in Luminar 4 (left) and Luminar AI (right). As you can see, the second image looks definitely more natural as the sky is visible in the water reflection as well.
RULE OF THUMB FOR SKY REPLACEMENT
- Look at your photos and understand the direction of the light. If the sun is not in your frame, you can understand the light direction by looking at shadows or parts of the scene that are catching the light.
- Be Logical. If in your scene the sun was originally rising from the left, don’t choose a sky where the brightest part is clearly on the right, or the highlights/shadows of the scene won’t match.
- Match the exposure & the temperature of the sky with the ones of your image.
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In conclusion, I do think that the AI Sky Replacement feature is pretty great, as well as a real time-saver. What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts and/or feedback about it. Just leave a comment below!