Focus stacking in Australian sand dunes and searching for strong compositions


posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM EDT


Australian photographer Andrew Marr recently headed to Lancelin along the Australian coast near Perth. While there, he wanted to photograph the area's famous sand dunes. Marr started by scouting the area for a potential composition, which he could photograph when the late afternoon sun got lower. His focus was on strong leading lines and dynamic textures in the dunes.

Ultimately, he found an excellent "s curve" which makes for a very nice compositional element and leading line through the scene. However, the scene could not be captured sharply in a single frame, which led Marr to focus stack. IF you're unfamiliar with focus stacking, it involves capturing multiple images with different focus distances and then stacking the images during post-processing. Some cameras, such as the Nikon D850, allow for automatic image capture at different focus distances, which makes the process a bit simpler although you can do it with any camera.

(Via Andrew Marr