Stacks can help to create landscape images for when shooting conditions aren't ideal
It happens sometimes; usually for landscape photography the photographer will carry a polariser, tripod and ND filter - but on occasions, for some reason, we might be found with only a camera.
In such a case, it is possible to create something of a long exposure image with a sequence of shots, preferably taken on a tripod or with the camera perched on something solid.
Here was one such occasion from the days before lockdown in Ireland back in March, when I didn't even have a tripod with me.
I took a sequence of images, with a high ISO of 1000, at f11 with 1/15th on the shutter. With a tripod I would have been able to get a longer exposure by using a lower ISO and a smaller aperture of f16 or f22.
I knew that I could combine these images, if held relatively steady between frames, into a stack in Photoshop.
So here is the method:
❶ Select the images in Lightroom
❷ Load images into a stack in Photoshop
❸ Set Stack Mode
❹ Finish with usual edits - crop, saturation etc.
Using stacks can be a good option to gain a little from not ideal conditions. As long as you have more than one image and these are closely aligned then using stacks in Photoshop can deliver a finished image that is more than just a snapshot.
Actually Lightroom "Open in Photoshop as layers" will cut one step from the procedure 🙂
Or Bridge if you don't use no stinkin' Lightroom.
Yes i use it too. it easy thanks
Except that this also adds two steps again: first you'll have to select all layers and then choose 'Auto-align Layers', because you do not get that option when you load images as layers from Lightroom or Bridge. And then you'll have to create a smart object from the layers, because that is also not an option.
And then you'll have to create a smart object from the layers, because that is also not an option....alo giupviec