Presentation: Beyond the Brush – Masking Tools for Photo Editing

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine

Thanks to improvements in digital photo editing techniques, including masking tools, photographers can precisely modify targeted areas in their pictures.  Photographer John K. Putnam gave an instructional presentation on masking, with a demonstration of the ins and outs of Adobe Lightroom Classic’s masking tools. The masking tools in Lightroom and other similar programs are a powerful way to advance your photographic edits, but for someone who has never tried masking (or for someone who is used to Lightroom’s previous brush, grad, and radial tools), this relatively new way of doing things might seem daunting. In this presentation, John will provided live demonstrations as well as plenty of time for questions.

John is a professional nature photographer and photo educator based on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Since moving to Maine in 2015, John has opened a gallery of his own work and built a successful photography workshop business with the mission of providing unique photographic experiences for clients, no matter their needs or skill level.


Members have the opportunity at each meeting to submit images for a supportive discussion of what works and what could be done differently.


The assignment for this meeting was to make images of the Bar Harbor Buoy Tree located at the intersection of Main and West Streets. Be bold and try different approaches and techniques. Are you not in Bar Harbor? Does your town have an interesting display up for the holidays or winter season? Challenge yourself to make unique images of that for this assignment.


Members shared these additional photographs they made over the past month.

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