Focus stacking with long lenses

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Steve Bingham
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Focus stacking with long lenses
Mar 15, 2014

I know this is an equipment forum, but sometimes we need something a little different. I see a lot of flower and insect photos using stacking. These are made much easier by a focusing rail on your tripod head. However, there is a wonderful technique out there that is easy but used by few. It also requires no specialized equipment. I am talking about "landscapes" using telephoto lenses. No amount of stopping down will work (in most cases involving foreground). Solution - focus stacking. All you need is stacking software such as PS CS6 or Helicon Focus, as well as a sturdy tripod and head. Focus is done manually. With a little practice this is easily done. It helps if there is little wind . . . and no people, of course. Here is an outstandingly simple article, complete with a great example.

http://www.stevemackayphotography.com/section363141_130929.html

Any of your own examples are more than welcome.

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