December 4, 2022


Capturing Magic Moments

An advanced Lightroom technique for adding drama to a sky

1 min read

In recent versions of the program, Lightroom’s masking capabilities have made great strides, and now you can perform far more advanced and precise operations with relative ease, allowing for new and more powerful edits. This helpful video tutorial shows you one such technique, which uses Lightroom’s masking capabilities to add a bit of drama to a sky.

This amazing video tutorial by Anthony Morganti shows you how to add a bit of drama to the sky of a landscape image using Lightroom’s Masking panel. In this case, use the Intersect function to enable a precise mask that affects clouds but not buildings. It is best to think of Intersect as an “and” or overlap connector between two masks: if one mask allows editing in one area and the other allows editing in another area, the intersection of the masks only allows editing where both masks overlap . As the video shows, this makes it easy to draw in edits for clouds, for example, without having to carefully mask buildings. Check out the video above for Morganti’s full rundown.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, read Photographing the World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi.

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