Focus Stacking Tutorial: Photoshop and Lightroom Workflow

Mark Denney is a landscape photographer based out of North Carolina who also runs a YouTube channel covering Photoshop and Lightroom tutorials along with landscape photography focused gear reviews. One of his recent video topics is a tutorial on focus stacking, a post processing technique that enables you to create maximum depth of field within a photo without suffering from a loss of image sharpness. This technique first became popular with macro photography, but can also be very useful within the realm of landscape photography.

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Focus Stacking

This video tutorial will show you not only how to process a focus stacked image series in Photoshop and Lightroom, but will also walk you through the step-by-step process of shooting the series of images to be used. This technique is most beneficial when you have a composition consisting of an immediate foreground interest along with a distant background that you want more than, “reasonably sharp’.

Without using focus stacking, if you focus on the immediate foreground, the background will be soft, if you focus on the background the foreground will be soft, regardless of the aperture being used. The only way to create exceptional sharpness from front to back is to employ a focus staking technique.

Once you become comfortable with this easy to use skill, you’ll begin thinking about your future landscape photography compositions in an entirely different way. Visit Mark’s website and YouTube channel to find more great tips and helpful resources that will take your landscape photography to the next level.