Take your photos to the next level with Lightroom’s luminosity and colour masks

Dec 14, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Take your photos to the next level with Lightroom’s luminosity and colour masks

Dec 14, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Luminosity masks are an extremely valuable tool within Photoshop, particularly for landscape photographers who are often dealing with high dynamic range scenes that can leave scenes looking a little uneven. Sure, you can leave it up to semi-automated HDR software to try and pull all that detail out of a raw, but luminosity masks allow you to do it with a very specific level of control.

Well, you may not know that Lightroom now has luminosity masks built right in, allowing you to make fine-tuned adjustments to different parts of your image, based solely on their existing brightness level. In this video, photographer Alex Armitage shows you how they work and how you can use them to even out your landscape shots.

The luminosity mask within Lightroom is technically a “range mask” because luminosity isn’t the only thing you can take advantage of. You can also create adjustment masks based on specific colours or ranges of colour, too, which Alex also covers in the video. The example Alex uses in his video is to help brighten the leaves of a tree to make it stand out from its environment and really draw your attention towards it.

Luminosity masks alone are an already powerful tool in our editing arsenal. To be able to make changes based solely on colour as well, makes these probably two of Lightroom’s most useful selection tools.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Take your photos to the next level with Lightroom’s luminosity and colour masks”

  1. Dušan DuPe Pethö Avatar
    Dušan DuPe Pethö

    Capture One Pro

  2. Ghislain Côté Avatar
    Ghislain Côté

    I don’t like videos that start with the minutes of the author talking directly at the camera. Stil have it a thumbs up… The subject was interesting.