Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a simple manual focus stack, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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By this point, you should have enough macro shooting experience…to know that shallow depth of field is often an obstacle to getting the macro shots that you want.…The problem is simply that, at macro distances, depth of field is extremely thin, so thin…that a detail that you really like on the flower may end up rendered out of focus when…you've focused on something else that you won't see on the flower, or whatever your subject is.…As you've seen with tiny camera movements, which are effectively tiny changes in focus,…we can alter what part of our subject is sharp.…
If you've got much image editing experience, then you might have already thought, "What if…I shot a few frames, each with a different part of my subject in focus, and then combined them somehow?"…That's what focus stacking is. It's called focus stacking, because we're going to take…a stack of images, each with focus at a different depth, and then we're going to combine them.…As we move through this chapter, you're going to see a very elaborate focus stacking procedure…
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