Using a LUT to spruce up an image

A LUT stands for “look up table.” It’s basically an efficient way for a program to modify the colors of an image to create a distinct “look” or “style.” It’s sort of like an Instagram filter. However, a LUT is usually more powerful and better looking than Instagram filters. They’re used a lot in the film industry to make things look cinematic or dramatic.

I opened up Luminar and used a LUT called Long Beach. It originally caught my eye because Long Beach, CA is one of the places I grew up. When I previewed it, I thought it went really well with the Fall colors of my photo.

You can find a good LUT almost anywhere and they’re often either cheap or even free.

Here is a useful guide to LUTs if you want to learn more about them!

Here is one of many places you can get free LUTs.

35 Free LUTs for Color Grading Videos

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