CREDIT: Tim Daly

Advanced Masking with Lightroom - Tim Daly

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NEW - Only one place left.

Limited to 10 participants.

This course is delivered online and provides an introduction to Lightroom’s new and improved Masking tools. Designed to help you make accurate, local edits to smaller areas of your photographs, Masking can be both time-consuming and baffling to the beginner. Using case studies shot in a wide range of different shooting situations, Tim will show you how to get to grips with the tools. Tim will provide you with sample files linked to the techniques, so you can practice during or after the workshop. No experience necessary!

The course uses Adobe Lightroom Classic (LrC) software for both Mac and Windows PC users.

The workshop is run using Zoom video conferencing software and you will be able to watch and interact with your tutor during each topic presentation and ask questions throughout the day. All notes and sample files are provided to you before the event starts, together with tips on how to use Zoom, if you’ve never used it before.

We encourage you to share questions and work in progress images with other delegates, although this is entirely optional.

10.00 Outline schedule

Welcome and outline of the day

Topic 1: Lightroom’s New Masking panel. In the first part of the workshop we’ll explore how Lightroom’s updated Mask panel works and look at the new Select Subject, Select Sky and Invert options. We’ll look at how to best organise your edit pins and multiple named masks in the floating panel.

Topic 2: Case Studies. In this second part of the workshop, we’ll take an overview of all Lightroom’s Masking functions through a series of case studies. Using the Brush, Linear and Radial Gradient options, you’ll learn which tool to use when confronted with both routine and unusual masking challenges.

13.00 Lunch break

Topic 3: The Mask Effect Controls. In addition to the creation of masks, the Masking tools work in conjunction with numerous Effect controls. We’ll explore how you can apply precise tonal, colour, texture and sharpness to masks retrospectively or use them ‘live’ with a brush.

Topic 4: Precision tools for difficult challenges. When faced with masking tricky shapes, outlines or colours (or all three!), take control with the Luminance and Color Range options. Learn how to refine and intersect your masks using tonal and colour controls rather than a paintbrush.

Recap of the day

16.00 End


A Mac or Windows computer or laptop with Lightroom Classic installed

Internet access

A webcam or microphone for interacting (your laptop may have these built-in already)

Speakers to hear the presentations

You will need to install the Zoom app, but full instructions will be provided.


Please look out for the attachment in your confirmation email, it contains Zoom joining information. If you don't receive it, please email  

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The Tutor: Dr Tim Daly is Senior Lecturer in Photography at Chester University.

His specialist subjects are photography production and artist's publishing. Tim teaches on all levels of the BA Photography programme with special responsibility for practice based modules, and also contributes to the MA Fine Art programme. Tim has had many photography books published, and has been teaching RPS workshops for a number of years.


Event Organiser

Emma Delves-Broughton


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