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How To: Focus Stack Nighttime Landscapes, Get the Most Out of Summer Landscapes, and More

By David Schonauer   Thursday August 5, 2021


Take your choice—night or day.

Either way, summer offers great possibilities for landscape photographers.

In today’s roundup of tutorials from across the web, we feature a video from YouTuber Milky Way Mike on how to focus stack nighttime landscapes to achieve incredible depth of field and sharpness. “Typically I don’t have to do this because I’m using a 14mm wide-angle lens on my full-frame camera, and I don’t usually get too close to my foreground [so] it’s not an issue where I have to focus stack,” says Mike. “I could typically just shoot wide open and capture my foreground feature as well as the night sky in one shot without have to refocus.” Still, the technique can come in very handy.

There’s also a a tutorial from Mads Peter Iversen that’s all about the joys and challenges of summer landscape photography. (And the last time PPD looked out the window, it was still summer.) Go ahead and get creative — and don’t feel like you can only shoot during the golden hours.

Of course, there’s also much more, including how to shoot lightning, build a food-photo portfolio, and faking aerial shots without a drone.
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1. Nightscape Focus Stacking Tips and Tutorial

YouTuber Milky Way Mike shows you how to keep your constellations sharp and compelling.


2. Nine Ideas for Falling In Love with Summer Photography

Squeeze every sunny drop of enjoyment out of summer with  Mads Peter Iversen’s photography ideas.


3. How to Shoot Lightning

Nicco Valenzuela shows you how to capture the light shows that take place over cityscapes. Follow his steps, and remember to stay safe.


4. How to Photograph Light Trails

Everyone wants to know how to photograph light trails from passing vehicles. Gary Gough shows you how.


5. Nailing Long-Exposure Photography

Speaking of long exposures: Attilio Ruffo shows you how to choose the right shutter speed and ND filters to nail them.


6. Shoot a Pro B&W Portrait with a Single Light

Sometimes you get better results keeping it simple. YouTuber Nathan Elson shows you how to pare down your portrait setup for maximal results.


7. How to Get Started as a Food Photographer

This video from has an important idea — don’t lug a bunch of lighting gear into a restaurant (unless you’re invited to). On the other hand, he also has plenty of tips on how to build a portfolio of tasty food photography.


8. Five Ways to Tell a Mountain Biking Story with Video

Are you a rad dad? Even if you’re not, you might take your video storytelling up a notch with this tutorial from Shred Yard.


9. Handheld Telephoto Shots Are Possible!

Photograph birds fearlessly. Leigh TheSnapChick has insights.


10. So You Don’t Have a Drone With You. No Problem.

Go cheap and go creative, says YouTuber karenxcheng.
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At top: a screen capture from “9 Ideas for get AMAZING Summer Landscape Photography” by Mads Peter Iversen

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