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Focus Stacking 202

We had planned on going up to Mount Evans this afternoon to take some focus stacking landscape shots.  The weather is not totally cooperating yet.  The landscapes are still a little brown, the weather is cold and no wildflowers have yet to pop out of their winter slumber.

Since we are not totally ready for macro and landscape photo stacking we felt it best to practice some more.  We stopped at Hobby Lobby and picked up some critters (frogs, turtles and dinosaurs) to practice with. We also picked up some fresh flowers at the local King Soopers but we had so much fun with the critters that the flowers will have to wait until tomorrow.

I think we are getting a little better.

Practice equals perfection:












Focus Stacking 101

Focus Stacking 101
What is Focus Stacking?


Focus stacking is the process of taking several (if not a shitload) of pictures and slightly adjusting the focus between each shot.

Why do Focus Stacking?

When you shoot macro photos, typically your depth of field (DOF) is very (if not extremely) shallow.  If you don't know what "depth of field" is, skip this post as you don't belong here.  In fact, leave this site and never come back as 99% of my posts are about or about taking photos.

Are you still here?

Now that the people who actually know a few things about photography and especially things about depth of field, I will continue on.

Since the DOF is shallow when shooting close ups, it is hard to get what you actually want in focus and that is where focus stacking comes in.

I took 35 pictures of the same subject and started my focal point at the object in the front.  Each subsequent picture moved the focal a butt hair until either infinity was reached or the amount of pictu…