I must confess, I don’t use Adobe Lightroom to anywhere near its full potential. In this video, Nigel Danson walks through a lesser-known tool that is now a staple in his landscape photography.
I have a long history with Adobe products, primarily Photoshop, but the depth of every piece of software has grown so vast it’s difficult for anyone — no matter their experience — to have a complete understanding of every facet. Although Lightroom isn’t quite on the level of Photoshop, it has had so much added to it in the last 10 years that I have certainly lost track of many of the new additions.
One area I admittedly do not use all that much is masks. I don’t shoot a lot of landscape photography, so the heavy-lifting with my post-processing workflow is done by Photoshop. Masking a raw file and applying edits to it is of course preferable to doing the same to a JPEG, but I previously found it too difficult to do to the standard I wanted, inside Lightroom.
With this intersecting masks function, perhaps I may revisit how much of my workflow is in Photoshop. If you’re a landscape photographer, this technique seems highly useful, particularly with the select sky feature being as strong as it is in the most recent versions of Lightroom.
Do you use the intersecting masks tool in Lightroom?