PS Luminosity Masks and Lightroom?

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Bob_B

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I recently read of the use of luminosity masks in photoshop to bring out tones in landscape work. I'll be the first to admit I'm a novice at digital photography, but it occurs to me that Lightroom 5.3 pretty much has this covered in the Basic and HSL/Color/B&W toolsets in the Develop module. Is this true? I'm interested in the opinions and advice from more informed photographers. Do you use LR and post-LR luminosity masking in PS? If so, I'd like to hear more about your workflow or the times when luminosity masking makes sense (in addition to LR).

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I wouldn't put PS luminosity masks on an elevated pedestal. Too often they're used by people who don't know Lightroom and/or are accustomed to doing everything in Photoshop. I've used them a bit over the years, but much less since Lr4. In fact, I'm trying to remember when I last needed to use them.

You seem aware that LR4 and LR5 do a lot of that masking, without making the user aware it's happening. So when you drag shadows, LR builds a mask to identify continuous areas of shadows, and it's the same for the other Basic panel adjustments. You can also include Exposure/Highlights/Shadows in local adjustments, as again you're using masks to target certain tonal values.

If I can recall when I last used them - apart from in a demo - I'll post back!

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Ha. Ansel Adams' Zone VI workshop book was my bible when doing b/w 'wet' photography way back when. I hadn't connected zones with luminosity masks, until you brought up that book.

For me, I think LR has luminosity covered pretty well. I may explore using PS for further luminosity control, but it isn't high on my list of things to do.
 
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