Photography Challenge - Week 52

24 December - 31 December

We’ve put together 52 different weekly challenges to help you practise your photography (in other words, a whole year of photography ideas). These challenges are achievable whether you work with natural light or studio light and are designed to encourage you to get creative, practise your skills and develop new techniques. If you’ve missed any of the previous challenges, you can view them all here.

This week's challenge is...


Focus Stacking

Upload your image to our members Facebook group using the hashtag #KTEWeeklyChallenge.

How to get creative

If you’re ever shot close-up images or macro photography, you’ll know that it can be a challenge to get the entire subject sharp, even when working at very small apertures. One of the best ways to overcome this is to use a technique called focus stacking.

Focus stacking simply refers to the process of taking a series of images, each with a different focus point, and blending them together in Photoshop. This technique is particularly useful when shooting macro subjects and can be used when photographing anything from landscapes to products (as long as the subject is stationary).

This week’s challenge is the ideal opportunity to try your hand at this and perfect this incredibly useful technique.

You don’t need any additional software, other than Photoshop, although Karl prefers to use Helicon Focus.

We have a number of classes on the site that cover this technique, which we’ve included below.

For those of you that completed all 52 challenges — well done!

If you’d like to continue to take part, keep an eye on our Facebook page to see the current topic. Or, if you’d like to revisit some of the challenges or catch up on any that you’ve missed, you can view the complete list here.

About the challenge

We’d love for all our members to get involved in our weekly challenges, but to ensure everyone gets maximum benefit from these, there are a few guidelines...

  • Members can submit any one image (taken at any time) for the challenge but in the spirit of the challenge we encourage you to post images taken during the week. A second image can be uploaded to show this (i.e with your phone in shot with the date showing).
  • All images submitted to our Facebook group will be displayed in a members gallery on Karl Taylor Education.
  • Images should be 2000px on the longest side.


  1. Hi, I agree with Doug I like the challenge. The focus stacking one was particularly challenging and I found out Photoshop is not so good for this type of work :-(. Like the challenge though.

  2. I hope these weekly challenges continue I think that they’re a new tradition. I for one look forward to them, I get up every Tuesday I check Facebook and I check my email to see what the new challenge is.

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