Making Your Aerial Photos Clearer

Enhancing a photo to make it look clearer is a simple trick to make sure it really stands out. All you need are tools like AI Structure and Details enhancer! I have included information on how both of these tools work.

Gear & Software

Mavic 2 Pro (Amazon | B&H | DJI) (Affiliate)

Luminar 4 by Skylum Software (pst…remember to use coupon code, ‘GRAYDON‘ for $10 OFF!)

Luminar 4 is also available on Amazon:

Tools

In this video, Michèle teaches us how easy it is to edit eye-catching images by combining the power of these two amazing tools inside of Luminar 4.

You’ll find the AI Structure and Details Enhancer tools in the Essentials group. These tools are available both in Luminar’s standalone and plugin versions (for Lightroom and Photoshop).

AI Structure Tool

  • Amount. The strength of the effect. By moving the slider to the right, the amount of visible detail in the image increases. Moving the slider to the left will cause the image to lose detail and flatten. This slider is softer in general and produces very natural results.
  • Boost. Adjusts the overall display of details. Moving the slider to the right will accentuate details. This emphasizes more small details and little bit more aggressive. It offers a more HDR-like look.

Details Enhancer Tool

  • Small Details. Small sets sharpness of fine details. At 0, the effect is not applied. Moving the slider to the right will intensify the clarity of small details while moving to the left; on the contrary, it will somewhat wash out the fine details.
  • Medium Details. This option sets medium-sized parts sharpness. At 0, the effect is not applied. Moving the slider to the right increases the sharpness, while moving the slider to the left decreases it.
  • Large Details. Use this choice to set the sharpness of the global contours of objects in the image. At 0, the effect is not applied. Moving the slider to the right increases the sharpness, while moving to the left decreases it.
  • Sharpen. The Sharpen Tool helps focus soft edges in a photo to increase clarity or focus. Use this tool to significantly improve image quality. Keep in mind that too much sharpening can give your photo a grainy look.

Before

After

You may need to zoom in at 100% or more to see the sharpening results from your efforts.

Video Inspiration

Video provided courteously by Skylum Software.