Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Merging a focus stack with Photoshop, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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So, I've taken my massive data, my huge stack of images, out of my camera, and copied them onto…my computer. I am ready to start the merging process.…I am going to do that using Photoshop CS6.…Now, if you are using an earlier version of Photoshop, you might still have the same feature.…You can find out by going to the Edit menu, and seeing if there is an Auto-Align Layers,…and Auto Blend Layers. Doesn't matter if they are grayed out; you just need to have them…there. If you have got them there, then you're going to be able to follow along here.…I'm going to switch over to Bridge now, where I am browsing the folder, where I copied all of my images. [00:00:3.15] As you will recall, I shot RAW+JPEG.…
My idea was merging raw files takes such a long time that, because I don't know yet if…my shot really works, I would also shoot lo- res JPEG files, so that I could get a quick speedy…merge to find out if my lighting is okay, if I like the shot, if it set up well.…So, that's what we are going to do. We're going to merge these JPEG files.…
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