Focus Stacking: Infinite depth of field and maximum sharpness without a tilt-shift lens
Focus-stacking is a technique that macro photographers have used for years to maximize depth of field in close-up images. You can apply the same technique to landscape photos, too. While dedicated focus-stacking software has been around for a long time, this tool is now built-in to Adobe Photoshop CC (you just have to know where to find it). That means if you have the Adobe Photography subscription package, you can start experimenting with focus-stacking right away.
Free Download: Focus Stacking Guide (PDF)
I’ve put together a FREE focus stacking guide (PDF eBook) that you can download for free. Simply add the item to your cart and proceed to free checkout. The file will be delivered to you via email.
My focus stacking guide will show you how to:
Process RAW images in Adobe Lightroom
Merge and mask the stacked images automatically in Photoshop CC
Photography, like any other medium, is a craft. In woodworking, you produce a finished product through a serial application of sandpaper, working from coarse to fine. The best finish is only obtained after using the finest-grit sandpapers, sometimes even between coats of lacquer. So it is, too with photography.
Your camera settings apply the foundation of the image, but they cannot refine the image in the same way your editing software can. Even seemingly small adjustments can be the difference between a snapshot and a gallery print. For years, my “secret sauce” has been to finish images with the “Big 3” Nik Collection plug-ins (Color Efex/HDR Efex/Silver Efex).
For a limited time, my collection of PDF guides to the Nik Collection by Google are available for only $9.99 each. Or, you can purchase the set of three guides for only $24.99. No coupon code necessary!
Each PDF guide is user-printable and also includes a set of installable custom presets for the Nik Collection plug-ins.
Nik Collection PDF Bundle
Includes all three guides listed above
*Special Note:These products contain multiple files and are delivered as a ZIP archive. To download the files to an iPad, you will need a free ZIP utility, such as iZipfor iOS. Android users should consider using WinZip. Otherwise, download and extract the files to a Mac or PC and then transfer them to your tablet device.
I’m pleased to announce the immediate release of MasteringLuminosity Masks: A Photoshop User’s Guide. This new tutorial is available as a printable PDF eBook and includes my custom Photoshop actions for creating and managing luminosity masks. If you are a Photoshop user, this is the reference you need for learning these powerful enhancement techniques.
Luminosity masking is one of the most powerful image enhancement techniques available today for Adobe Photoshop. Target color, contrast, and tone enhancements directly to specific image tones, with masks that are perfectly feathered every time without using brushes.
Along with the step by step instructions for creating and using luminosity masks, I’ve included my custom set of Photoshop actions that you can use to create 23 different luminosity masks with just a simple mouse click.
I’ve just released a video tutorial that will teach you the creative art of “cloud-stacking.” Cloud-stacks are composite still images created from time-lapse (interval timer) captures. By using Photoshop to blend your images, you aren’t limited to the 2-10 shot maximum limit of an in-camera multiple exposure. My new video workshop includes a printable PDF companion notes set, too. For a complete guide to cloud-stacking and other creative long exposure techniques, be sure to check out Stretching Time: Mastering the Art of Long Exposure Photography.