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Each day (for one week) you will receive at least one new lesson from Nicole on how to use the new Luminar 2018. The course starts out with an overview of the software, including the new features of the updated version, and then moves into some of the specifics of the software and how to process photos. This free course will help you get started, as well as give you that boost of inspiration and motivation you may need to get back to processing your photographs in Luminar.

A note for Windows users: This course was created on a Mac, so you might see some features within these videos that are not yet available in the Windows version. However, there are still many features within these lessons that are compatible and if you register you can still access these videos later on, once the Windows version has been fully updated.


Luminar is a powerful photography editing software by Skylum Software (formerly “Macphun”) that allows you to stylize, layer, mask, crop, retouch, and easily enhance your photos. It is created to be a one-stop photo editor, but can also be used as a plugin from Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Aperture.

To learn more, and download a free trial, click here.


This course is created to give both new and experienced users a fresh and approachable look at Luminar. Here’s what to expect with this course:

  • Seven exclusive and downloadable video lessons using Luminar (instructed by Nicole S. Young).

  • Practice images and presets to follow-along with each video lesson (as applicable).

  • Become inspired as I show my very own processing techniques for a variety of photographs.

  • … and more!

Author & Educator Nicole S. Young
(photo © dav.d)


Question: Do I need Luminar to use this course?

Answer: Yes! If you do not already own Luminar, then you will want to download it using the link below.

Bonus tip: Macphun also offers a free free trial for their software, so you don’t need to own it to learn with this course. Wait until the course begins, and then download the free trial by clicking here. Or, purchase it using the link below:

Use the code NICOLESY and save $10 —

Ready to buy Luminar? Click here

Question: Is Luminar available on both Mac and PC?

Answer: Yes! This new version of Luminar is the first to be available on both Mac and Windows. However this course was created using the Mac version of Luminar, so Windows users may see some differences in regard to feature availability. 

Question: How do I register for the course? And, how does it work?

Answer: To access this course you must first register using the form on this website. You will receive your first lesson immediately after you have confirmed your registration (if necessary). Then, you will get one email per day for the next week for a total of seven lessons. The emails will link you to a page on my website where you can watch the video tutorial and download any supplemental materials that may be offered with that lesson (practice files and presets).

Question: Can I download the videos from the course?

Answer: Yes! When each video is released, you will be directed to a page on my website where you can view and download the video file. At the end of the course you will have access to all past training videos and files as well.

Question: How long will the course last?

Answer: This course is scheduled to last at least one week, so by the end of the course you will have seven video lessons.

Question: What skill level is this course created for?

Answer: This course is for all users of Luminar, both beginners and advanced alike. While some of the content will be better suited for photographers who are new to Luminar, experienced users might also find the content informative. As an advanced photographer myself, I always find that I learn something, even if the content is familiar. Plus, it’s a free course, so what do you have to lose!

Question: What will I learn in this course?

Answer: Luminar has many things to offer, and I plan on covering a wide variety of content. I will begin with the user interface, and will go on to discuss working with presets, filters, workspaces, layers & blending, masking, and more.

Question: When does the course begin?

Answer: This course is currently active! As soon as you register you will receive an email confirming that you have enrolled, along with some information about the course. You will also receive your first lesson at this time as well.

Question: Why should I enroll in this course? Won’t you also share these tutorials on your website?

Answer: This course is exclusively for those who register here, and you will only have access to the training if you sign up for the course below.



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About the Author

Nicole S. Young
Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography.