Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a focus stacked image using Helicon Remote, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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In the last movie, you saw how I was able to shoot multiple images, each focused in a…different place, and then combine them in Photoshop using some layer masking.…That works great for a simple subject. But if you really want deep depth of field all…the way through a subject, with a lot of depth to it, then you are going to need to resort…to a more sophisticated process.…And, that's what I am going to do here.…I've got a flower here that is much deeper than what I shot before.…It's got all the stamens on it.…There's a lot of detail in it that I like.…Let me give you a quick shot, just showing you how . . . what I can get with my 100 millimeter…macro and a single shot.…
So, I framed up something here.…What you just saw me do is switch the lens to Manual, because I want to make sure that…I focus on a particular location.…I am going to put it at f/11.…Much further than that, I might get some softening from diffraction.…I just want to see how deep the depth of field can go.…And, here's what I get.…It's actually deeper than I was expecting.…
After touring the possibilities of macro photography, the course details essential gear at several price levels, including lenses, flashes, and other accessories. Next, Ben explores the special challenges of macro photography: dealing with moving subjects, working with extremely shallow depth of field, focusing, lighting, and more.
The course also explores advanced close-up tools and post-processing techniques, such as using Adobe Photoshop to "stack" multiple shots to yield wider depth of field than a single shot can convey.
- What is a macro photograph?
- What is a macro lens?
- Finding good subject matter
- Evaluating macro gear like extension tubes and tilt-shift lenses
- Composing and framing shots
- Exploring depth of field
- Lighting macro shots
- Working with light tables
- Editing macro shots