Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with a StackShot rail for focus stacking, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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In the last movie, you saw me create a focus stack using my computer, and having Helicon…remote control the autofocus on my lens to cycle through a bunch of different slices of focus.…I am taking a very different approach this time. I'm using a special piece of hardware…that is going to build a focus stack by moving the camera, rather than refocusing the lens.…There are two advantages to this. [00:00:2.07] First of all, I'm set up with my 65 mm 1- 5X Macro, and I am dialed in at about 2 1/2X.…That's a much greater level of magnification than the 100mm lens that I was using earlier,…the 100 millimeter macro.…
However, this lens has no autofocus feature, so I can't remote control it.…So, that's one reason that I've gone to this other solution here.…But even if I was using the 100mm macro or another macro lens that has autofocus, I would…still probably use the stack shot for what I'm about to do, or for all of my focus stacking…actually, because there is a difference between moving the camera, and refocusing the camera.…
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