My first focus stacked image

posted on 6th of march, 2012

Sometimes, especially in macro world, we want to take a picture of something so that the background is soft or blurry but the main subject is completely in focus. Then we use wide apertures to get that effect. But with wide aperture, the depth of field becomes very shallow and not all the main subject may remain in focus. I've read many articles from the internet and found a solution - Focus Stacking.

Focus stacking means that we take multiple shots of the subject so that the focus point on each pictures is at different locations (by moving lens and camera forward and backwards or playing with focus ring on lens). And because all pictures must be as identical as possible to get perfect result, it is highly recommended to use tripod (when playing with focus ring on lens) and a macro rail (when planning to move the camera back and forth).

So, I decided to try this and the result came out pretty well. The image attached to this article is my first focus stacked photo and made of 13 pictures. I used 100mm f/2.8 lens @2.8 so the debt of filed was very narrow. Stacking images took a some time in PC (it all depends how big are the pictures and how fast is your computer). Once the picture was blended by software, I needed to cut small part of each side because when the focus moves or lens moves, each image becomes slightly different. The software do align all images up or down or right or left but as images moves, not all of them cover sides. So, cropping is needed which means when trying focus stacking then do not picture the object too close. Leave some space to each side.

I actually didn't believe that I reach any good result at first time, but look at that, it came out really good.

Comments (15)

Posted by TMarchev on March 07, 2012
Posted by Giannit on March 07, 2012
great tecnique!
Posted by Baldas1950 on March 07, 2012
Very interesting tecnique! Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Elianehaykal on March 07, 2012
That's an interesting blog. Thanks for the new information, very useful.
Posted by Egomezta on March 06, 2012
Thanks for sharing, very interesting.
Posted by Maljalen on March 06, 2012
In Practical Photoshop for March (www.practicalphotoshopmag.com) you can read an article about how to master focus stacking in Photoshop.
Posted by Jdanne on March 06, 2012
Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge with us!
Posted by M4rio1979 on March 06, 2012
Thanks for sharing...I also got interrested in focus stacking and I plan to test it this year on my macro shots.
Posted by Miele on March 06, 2012
Thanks very useful
Posted by Peanutroaster on March 06, 2012
Thanks for the info. I was reading how a photographer of model train layouts used a similar technique but he mentioned some special software. Good to see it can be done in Photoshop.
Posted by Risto40 on March 06, 2012
I used photoshop. Instructions available in Internet.
Posted by Igordabari on March 06, 2012
Interesting technique and quite impressive result. Congrats and thanks for sharing.

What software did you use for stacking?
Posted by Teabum on March 06, 2012
Interesting technique, not an easy one :)
Posted by Linqong on March 06, 2012
Thank you for share!
Posted by Ntrifunovic on March 06, 2012
Useful article.

It's a good result for the first image with new technique :)

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Photo credits: Risto Hunt.

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