Lightroom hack #01: Intersect Mask

Lightroom hack: Intersect mask
(Image credit: Rod Lawton)

The introduction of AI masking is one of the biggest and most significant steps forward in Lightroom for years, and one of the first tools to appear was sky selection.

This is great for any outdoor photography, and not just landscapes but architecture and travel too. Very often the sky is just a little too bright for the rest of the shot, and this is a quick, simple and very effective way to adjust it separately.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at