Luminosity Mask & Digital Blending Workshop Australia

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Digital Blending & Luminosity Masks Workshop

Instructor: Aaron Dowling
Intermediate – Advanced (10 participant maximum)

Date: See dates in table below
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Cost: $198 (Workshop Only)

Location:  See locations in table below

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Dates shown as “Available” are available for booking, just select your city and add the workshop to your cart. Dates shown as “Coming Soon” will be released once the venues have been secured, you can register your interest using the contact form on this page and be notified once it has been made available.  

City Date Workshop Location Availability
Dunsborough 24-Apr-16 Cape Naturaliste Community Centre Available
Albany  01-May-16 Lotteries House Not Available
Esperance 08-May-16 Lotteries House Available
Whyalla 15-May-16 Westland Hotel Not Available
Port Pirie 22-May-16 Venue to be Confirmed Available
Mildura 31-July-16 Deakin Business Centre Available



Pay by credit card or Paypal below, if you prefer to pay by Direct Deposit, use the contact form at the bottom of the page to receive an invoice for payment. 

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Note: Minimum attendance is 4. If the workshop is cancelled for any reason a full refund will be given. A position in the workshop will not be secured until payment is received. Cancellations within 7 days will incur a 25% fee.

I have been using Photoshop since the early 2000’s, initially to edit scanned film images. I have been experimenting with the possibilities of this powerful editing program ever since. I now develop Photoshop plugins and run Photoshop workshops to share my knowledge and experience with others. I’m not a believer in keeping secrets when it comes to photography or editing and happily share my knowledge with others.

How often have you stared at an image and didn’t know where to begin, or have been frustrated that you can’t get the image looking like you have envisaged?

This can be a common issue when editing images. This workshop will help you to visualise the final image before you begin editing, then give you the tools to get the most out of your images.

We’ll use powerful editing tools that allow us to target specific areas of our images with complete accuracy, unlocking our vision and giving us complete control. We’ll remove the creative stumbling blocks and delve deep into the possibilities of our images, but most importantly we’ll be able to reach our goals.

Luminosity masks are a powerful masking technique in Photoshop that allow you to make extremely refined selections of tonal ranges in your images. The added benefit of using luminosity masks is the smooth transition between selected areas, making adjustments and digital blending seamless without the harsh lines created by either painting layer masks or using one of the selection tools in Photoshop. 

Although luminosity masks have been predominantly used and perfected by landscape photographers, they can be used with any type of image from portraits right through to multiple image blends for the high dynamic range of many landscapes. 

In this workshop we will work through most of the key uses for luminosity masks and work with real world examples, provided as part of the workshop. Using several example images, and images supplied from attendees we’ll do complete edits on these photos, first talking through what we want to achieve (our vision) and then using the techniques outlined below and more to achieve our desired result. 

Key topics and techniques covered:

  • Layer masking with adjustment layers
  • Blending multiple images
  • Selecting and using luminosity masks
  • Using luminosity masks with adjustment layers & blending modes
  • Using luminosity masks to digitally blend images
  • Refining luminosity masks to better isolate areas of an image
  • Painting with luminosity masks
  • Masking the masks for finer targeted adjustments and more
  • Use luminosity masks to control colour in tonal ranges
  • Using Color Range like a luminosity mask, but based on colour in the image



Before: this is a 2 image blend using luminosity masks to give a base exposure, exposed for shadow and highlight detail.
After: after blending, multiple luminosity mask layers were applied for contrast as well as additional adjustment layers.

Pre-requisite Skills and Knowledge

To get the most out of this workshop, you will need to have the following skills and understandings:

  • Confidence and familiarity with your computer, including downloading your Raw files to your hard drive and navigating to those files.
  • An understanding of the key tools in Photoshop eg. Selection Tool, Brush Tool, Gradient Tool and so on.
  • A solid understanding of Layers and Layer Masks in Photoshop – what they do an how you use them. 

Although we will take a few minutes to discuss layer masks and how they work, this workshop assumes that you have a strong foundation in layer masking and the concept of using black and white (and everything in between) with adjustment layers and as masks on image layers.



Using a single exposure I used multiple layers and luminosity masks to target specific tones and areas in the image to create the final image. 

What You Will Need

  • Although not a requirement, this is a hands on workshop, so bringing a laptop with Photoshop will be beneficial. 
  • A luminosity mask / action panel, either the one available here at Aaron Dowling Photography or another that’s on the market. Note: I will be using my ADP Panel during the workshop. 
  • Pen and paper to take notes during the workshop. 

Note: the ADP Panel is not included in the cost of this workshop. 

Tea and coffee are included in the workshop. We will take a 30 minute break during the workshop for lunch (lunch not provided).

You may also be interested in my Photoshop For Beginners Workshop, that I’ll also be running. Click the image to the left to see the details. 



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