Kim Kuhlman - Focus Stacking


ocus Stacking Flowers and Landscapes on a Shoestring


Have you ever found yourself shooting with a high ISO setting simply because you didn’t have enough light available to get the depth of focus you wanted for your artistic vision?  Focus stacking enables you to get depth of focus throughout your image by stacking images with overlapping “in focus” sections.  In years past, focus stacking required additional equipment like focus rails.  Now there are many software solutions that allow you to accomplish the same thing.  In this talk, I’ll show you how I achieve focus stacking using lenses you probably already own along with Photoshop.  The only additional expense may be for a set of extension tubes.  The techniques I will talk about can be applied to both landscapes and macro photography.


Dr. Kim Kuhlman earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998 and fatefully hitched her career to NASA, working at Caltech, JPL and the Planetary Science Institute.  Funding cuts resulted in a career pivot, away from imaging individual atoms in rocks and minerals to imaging pretty much everything else as well as website development and SEO.  She earned her Certified Professional Photographer degree from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2015, and her Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from PPA in 2018.  She was a Silver Medalist in International Print Competition in 2018 and a Bronze Medalist in 2020.  Her PPA Loan image, “Say What?” was nominated for a Grand Imaging Award (GIA) in 2017.  Kim has been a PPA Certification Liaison since 2018.  Please let her know if you have any interest in earning your certification.  Kim is currently a member of PPA, the American Society of Photographers (ASP), the Professional Photographers of New Mexico (PPANM), and the Professional Photographers Guild of Houston (PPGH).

Date Tue, January 12, 2021
Time 7:00pm-8:30pm MST
Duration 1 hour 30 minutes
Priority 5-Medium
Access Public
Created by Committee Chair
Updated Fri, January 8, 2021 4:53pm GMT
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