Feb. 14 Pagosa Springs Photography Club presentation: ‘Masking in Lightroom’


The Feb. 14 meeting of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club will feature a presentation by Doug Coombs on “Masking in Lightroom.” 

The club’s meeting will be held at the Community United Methodist Church. Come at 6 p.m. for socializing; the presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Adobe Lightroom introduced very powerful new masking tools in October 2022.

Learning to use these tools is a game changer for photographers who are serious about post-processing. Before this, Lightroom had masking, but it was not nearly as powerful as tools in Photoshop. 

When you take a photo with your phone, the manufacturer’s software uses sophisticated algorithms to post-process it. If you shoot .jpg in your camera, your camera is doing the same. If you take a photo in the RAW format, then you can use available software tools to develop the image as you visualize it. 

Ansel Adams was a master at post-processing in the darkroom and altered his original images greatly to take them beyond journalism to fine art. Today, with these tools in Lightroom, we can do much more, with more control and more options digitally, which has raised the bar considerably. 

Coombs will describe these Lightroom masking features and demonstrate their use on a few of his images.

Photography Club members, remember the upcoming club outing to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Feb 20-23. Based in Moab, Utah, this trip is a great opportunity to get some images of these desert national parks and learn from other club members.

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club welcomes all who enjoy making and viewing great photography. The club sponsors educational programs and outings to help photographers hone their skills.  For more information about the club, and to download a membership application, visit our website at  https://pagosaspringsphotoclub.org/about/.

Our meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with socializing, and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. This will be a hybrid meeting, also available on Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to members; others who wish to attend may request the link by email to abutler@mac.com. Photography Club meetings are open to the public.