Focus Stacking in Photoshop

Focus Stacking

Today I’m going to teach you how to focus stack in Photoshop.
Why would you need to know how to focus stack?
It is because sometimes, when you are close to your subject you might not be able to get every bit of the subject in focus, this is more so when it comes to macro photography.

So the first thing you going to do is when you taking photo of your subject, make sure its on a tripod and take a photo of the subject.
Then move the focus point to another part of the subject and take the photo again.
Repeat this till you’ve taken all part of the subject in focus.

This bit is taken from Lightroom, but if you’re not editing your photos in Lightroom, then you can move to the next step.

Lightroom edit menu

In Lightroom, after editing your photos and making sure there are all exposed so that there all look the same.
From there highlight all the images that you need to focus stack and right click on the highlighted images to bring up the menu.
Then go to Edit In, Open as Layers in Photoshop.

Auto-Align Layers

Once that is done and Photoshop has finished the import, you are going to need to highlight all the images then go to Edit then Auto-Align Layers, make sure Auto is selected and hit ok.

Auto Blend Layers

Once this is done go back in to Edit then Auto-Stack Layers, and select Stack Images and hit ok.
This will take a few minutes and when its done go to File and hit Save or CTRL+S to save the image.

If you was using Lightroom to import photos in the Photoshop, it will now be back in your Lightroom for you to make any additional edits you like to it.

And this is the finished result, a nice in focus subject with a lovely bokeh effect in the background and foreground.

Car and House Keys in Focus with the background and foreground out of focus.
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Mobile Phones can take great photos

So here I am missing around with my phone, and one of my dogs just looking out the window while sat on the window ledge.

I was there just taking a few photos, nothing in mind of how it looked, just messing around and engaging with the dog.

And I still amazed how well the photo looked even though I still see good looking photos from the phone.

Ok, so I do have the same kind of control, speed or larger image sensor size compare to my DSLR.
It is still amazing how the images can turn out, and not have to worry about post production.

So below is the photo I like today from my mobile phone.

Dog on the Window
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Autumn Colours

With Autumn now in full swing and the trees have sheared most of there leaves of now, it is now the best time to get them final Autumn photos taken.

Autumn along the Canal in Calderdale West Yorkshire.

I have managed to take a few photos, capturing the essence of Autumn over the last few weeks, all just in time before lockdown.

So with lockdown started, and work been scares, I now have some extra time to work on updating my portfolio and work on adding some new photos to my shop.
You can buy photos at my shop here if you are interested or check out my new Autumn photo here.

See you around and keep on clicking!

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New Sky Pack Coming Soon…

Sky Replacement

With the latest update to the new Adobe Photoshop 2021, I have decided to work on some new sky replacement packs for the new Photoshop.

The new sky pack will have some of my favourite sky photos edited to bring out more of the details in the clouds as well as some colour enhancements and cropping out the bits that are not needed.

I will be working on this in the next few weeks and will add a download link to my website once it is done and completed and all free of charge.

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New Photoshop Update

New Photoshop updates today with the new Adobe Photoshop 2021.
All with some new toys.

So one of the features is the “Neural Filters”.
This can be found under Filter and gives you options of:

  1. Smart Portrait
  2. Makeup Transfer
  3. Depth-Aware Haze
  4. Colorize
  5. Super Zoom
  6. JPEG Artefacts Reduction

And to come in further updates:

  1. Photo Restoration
  2. Dust & Scratches
  3. Noise Reduction
  4. Face Cleanup
  5. Photo to Sketch
  6. Sketch to Portrait
  7. Pencil Artwork
  8. Face to Caricature

I’ve played around with the sky swap, which is one of my favourite and it can seemingly swap out the sky automatically.
You can even add your own sky photos to swap in as well, and all done with a few clicks.

Then there is converting your old black and white photos into colour.
While this feature does not always work, or work as well, it can produce promising result.

All these new features are something that is quite exciting and made work flow a lot easier.
There are more Features which you can learn more about from this Youtuber, Photoshop Training Channel

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Its been a Crazy Adventure

Its been a crazy Adventure from when I first picked up my DSLR. A Nikon D5100 and no idea how to use it.
But I soon learned the technical side of it all and was able to take better and better images over time.

Then I started to learn how to use Lightroom. It was hard at first, there was more work to do than just taking the picture, and I would often over edit my photos and thought that there where amazing.
But as time flew past me, I got better at editing my pictures, and faster too.
I started to gain more control over my photos and in time my photos started to improve to a higher quality.

But that’s not all, I also meet my current Girlfriend who had the same camera as me, a Nikon D5300 at this time, she was not so good on the technical side, but what she failed on the technical aspect she more than made up on the composition side of photography.
So I taught her the technical side of photography and she taught me the compositional side of it all.
This of course made me a better photographer for it.

Now I’ve got my own photography name, “Adventure in Photographyland” and I’m now moving to making money from a hobby that will one day become a business, as I start to learn to find my style and view of the world around me.

This adventure is far from over, and I still got lots to learn, lots to improve on and many more grand adventure as I travel all over England, and parts of the world in search for Adventure and journey and new hope on the horizon and the future.

Kind Regards
Steven Clough
Adventure in Photographyland – Photographer.

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