FOCUS STACKING: Start to Finish
landscape course with Greg Benz


What's included in the course?

This mini-course includes:

  • Detailed instruction on how to shoot and process focused stacked images for vastly greater depth of field. See the closeups below showing original frames with limited depth of field compared to the final stack.
  • A 90+ minute start to finish edit of this gorgeous landscape. You'll see everything from the RAW to the final image. This includes RAW processing, focus stacking, exposure blending, dodging & burning, and other finishing effects.
  • Workflows to combine focus stacking with exposure blending techniques.
  • High-resolution source files so that you can follow along. 
  • PDF summaries of all the videos with time-codes to make it easy to follow along, no matter what style of learning you prefer.
  • Closed captions for all videos (in English).
  • Lifetime access to the course.
  • Hosting on a professional learning management system to facilitate learning. This helps tie all the various written and visual aspects of the course noted above into an easy to navigate interface, along with a commenting system to interact with Greg or students in the course.

See the FAQ below for more details.

Course FAQs

Is there a written version of this course or PDF?  

Yes. Every video is paired with a PDF that lists the processing steps and rationale used, with time stamps so that you can easily find the material you need. This can also be used as a handy reference to find key sections of the video later. In addition, there are several written sections of the course that supplement the videos with more detail, as well as links to additional tutorials or other learning resources.  

Does this course require Lumenzia?

No. While some portions of the course (such as exposure blending and dodging & burning) use Lumenzia to create and use luminosity masks, the general concepts used should be applicable to other luminosity masking approaches. The course is also recorded using Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) to process RAW files, but the general concepts should apply to whichever RAW processing software you may use.

How does this course compare with your other courses and videos that come with Lumenzia? 

The image and content in this course is completely unique, there is no overlap. This training focuses on the focus stacking aspects of a single start to finish workflow in depth, rather than covering general principles. I would recommend starting this course after you have completed the Exposure Blending and Dodging & Burning Master Courses first if you have them.

Can I download the videos?

You can use the iOS app to view the videos offline. You can also stream the content on any browser or device. This course is presented through a professional learning management system, which provides for an excellent experience by offering much more than just video files. You will have written guides to accompany the videos with time codes to easily review each step of the tutorials, access to all the digital files edited in the course, comments to ask Greg questions or interact with other students in the course, and a well designed interface to help organize and navigate all the content. The nature of this platform also enables content to be improved or added over time. This has proven to be extremely popular with my Master Courses.

The iOS app is subject to the requirements and availability of the Teachable iOS app (requires iOS10 or later).

About Greg

Greg Benz is a professional photographer, photography and Photoshop instructor, and software developer based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Greg currently focuses on landscape and cityscape photography, but has broad experience across numerous genres of photography over the past 20 years - including wedding, portrait, family, product, and sports. He is the developer of Lumenzia, the luminosity masking extension panel for Photoshop.