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tony-smith
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Focus Stacking

Post by tony-smith » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:31 pm

I was playing about with Focus Stacking yesterday after watching a couple of YouTube videos on how it's done. My images below of a few coins may not be the best ever produced, I was just seeing if I could do it really. Please take a look and it would be good to hear your feedback and any experiences from anyone else who's tried it.

£1 Coin. Focus Stacked

2p Coin Focus Stacked

20p and 50p Coins Focus Stacked

1p Coin Focus Stacked

tomoswald
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Re: Focus Stacking

Post by tomoswald » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:11 am

I've tried focus stacking and it's very tricky to do properly, these images are all excellent tony

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Re: Focus Stacking

Post by tony-smith » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:14 pm

tomoswald wrote:I've tried focus stacking and it's very tricky to do properly, these images are all excellent tony
Thanks for your comments Tom, much appreciated. I think patience is the virtue here with focus stacking, which fortunately I have a lot of. These coins were I think my 3rd try at focus stacking and are certainly my best attempt so far. I enjoyed doing it and will certainly be sharing some more attempts on CAS.

I think the trick with stacking is to keep the overlap tight between the focus points. Which I didn't have close enough on my first attempts on these Crocus's. Also the first attempts were at F2.8 which was possibly a bit too shallow depth of field. The coins I did at F8, which worked out better with a slightly deeper depth of field.

roanephoto
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Re: Focus Stacking

Post by roanephoto » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:28 pm

Hi Tony, the 20p and 50p Coins Focus Stacked image really shows how focus stacking works, because both the coins are in focus which would be near impossible using normal focusing technique.

Well done :)

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Re: Focus Stacking

Post by tony-smith » Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:24 pm

roanephoto wrote:Hi Tony, the 20p and 50p Coins Focus Stacked image really shows how focus stacking works, because both the coins are in focus which would be near impossible using normal focusing technique.

Well done :)
Thanks for your comments, they're very much appreciated.

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Re: Focus Stacking

Post by tony-smith » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:51 pm

Had another play with Focus Stacking last weekend on this Banded Demoiselle Damselfy.

Not perfect, but what do you think?

tomoswald
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Re: Focus Stacking

Post by tomoswald » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:03 pm

That is really good, howd you get the insect to stay still for 14 frames?

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Re: Focus Stacking

Post by tony-smith » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:29 pm

7 Frames a second, it only has to stay still for 2 seconds ha ha. It was probably about 2 feet in front of me. I just stand still and wait for one to land close to me. Patience is the virtue here.

I use back button focusing and focus just in front of it. Then release the focus button and fire the shutter on continuous shooting and very gently rock forward slightly to move my focal plane through the Damselfy. All hand held. Photoshop does the rest 8-)

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Re: Focus Stacking

Post by tomoswald » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:17 am

Smart work Tony

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