Fall Colors, Dreary Days, and Luminance Masking

It has been a great year for fall colors up here in the Northland. Unfortunately, it has also been very rainy and cloudy. This presents a bit of a challenge when photographing fall colors. Ideally, we would like bright days to really "light up" the leaves. After all, photography is all about capturing light. During our fall workshop in Ely, MN, I demonstrated the use of the brush tool in Lightroom to brighten up the foliage in one of the participants images. The challenge is dealing with the tops of the trees, and in his case also the water in the foreground. Until a couple of versions ago, this was a rather difficult and time consuming task in Lightroom. Early this year, Adobe introd

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