How to Easily Focus Stack in Photoshop

Focus stacking is a technique that allows you to achieve a deep depth-of-field in a final image by blending (or stacking, as it’s often referred to) several images together. The idea is that you take several shots of your subject, each focused at a different spot. Once you combine the images together in Photoshop, you’ll end up with a perfectly sharp, in-focus subject.

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Looking Back on 2021

To say that 2021 was a wild year for me would be the understatement of the century! The past year has brought about some dramatic changes in my personal life. Among these was accepting a new job that required me leaving my beloved state of Kentucky in favor of Maryland.

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The Story of Mullens, West Virginia

Mullens, West Virginia is the epitome of America’s stereotypical coal town. The once bustling metropolis is a shell of its former self, with many of the buildings sitting abandoned, decaying further with each passing moment. Walking the streets of this shell of a city is an almost surreal experience, but things haven’t always been this way in Mullens. Let’s take a step back and see how we got here.

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Where On Earth Have I Been All This Time?

Why hello there everyone! Those of you who follow me and my work have probably noticed that I have been largely absent from the internet for the past few months. A few of you have even reached out inquiring about my well being (much appreciated!). Allow me to explain where I’ve been all of this time!

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The Problem With AllTrails

While at first glance AllTrails seems to be a benign application that provides a great deal of value to users, there are a number of issues that my fellow admins and I have noticed over the years that have caused us to take a stance against the use of AllTrails in our groups. In this post, I’ll explore the problems with AllTrails and discuss some of the alternatives that are available.

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My Top 10 Shots of 2020

I don’t think it’s possible to overstate just how much of a rollercoaster ride 2020 has been! We have witnessed a year of unprecedented challenges around the entire world. Despite the many challenges the past year has brought us all, we have managed to push through and make it to another year! That means that it’s time to continue my tradition of reflecting on the past year by taking a look back at my favorite images.

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Photographing Leapfrog 2 Arch

Leapfrog 2 Arch is an arch that, to the best of my knowledge, had never been properly documented until I took this image. The arch is located on a shelf about 15-20 feet up the cliffside. There really isn’t a great way to get up to the top of it, so I ended up having to improvise a bit.

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The Waterfalls of Daniel Boone National Forest

What really never ceases to amaze me is how many people there are that are unaware of the grand natural beauty of the Bluegrass State. Ask most people about the waterfalls our state has to offer and you’ll get a lot of the same, obvious answers. Pretty much everyone knows of Cumberland Falls. A few more will be able to name Creation Falls and possibly Dog Slaughter Falls. As of late, some others, such as Copperas Falls, have become more well-known. The list really doesn’t extend far beyond these, however. What many don’t realize is that the Bluegrass State is full of an abundance of amazing waterfalls.

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Hunting Natural Bridges in The Daniel Boone National Forest

A slew of newly (re) discovered arches in the Laurel County portions of the Daniel Boone National Forest were recently submitted to the Kentucky Arch Database. Not only did the locations of these arches need to be confirmed for the sake of the integrity of the database, but there was some discrepancies with the location of one of the submitted natural bridges. I decided to set off into the forest to solve the mystery once and for all!

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Master Your Camera’s ISO Setting

ISO is one of the three settings that make up the exposure triangle (the other two being aperture and shutter speed). Understanding what this setting does and how to utilize it properly is an important step in fully mastering the art of photography.

This guide will give you the rundown!

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A Day Trip to Spruce Knob in West Virginia

It has been several years now since I’ve first laid eyes on the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Ever since that first trip to Dolly Sods I have been in love with the area’s scenery. I’ve been itching to get back to the area for some time now, so I decided to head on out to Dolly Sods and Spruce Knob for a bit of photography!

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