Macro Focus Stacking

Started Apr 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP Duncan C Veteran Member • Posts: 7,664
Re: Macro Focus Stacking

I've been experiementing more with focus stacking. I still don't have it down completely. The images in my latest series were a tad over-exposed. I'm not sure why; I measured the exposure quite carefully before I started the stack, but it seemed to wander into over-exposure in the middle of the series. I guess I need to leave more "head room" than I did.

There is also an annoying glow around the bug that almost looks like over-exposure blooming, but I'm pretty sure is an artifact of my less than expert focus stacking technique. I don't see blooming in the individual images.

I'm using a free trial version of Helicon Focus (set to pyramid 1, 2 for those that use the program.)

I shot with a Nikon D600 and Tamron 90 mm f/2.8 macro.

I used Nikon's Camera Control Pro 2 control software, and shot with the D600 connected to my MacBook with USB. I used the focus control feature of Camera Control Pro 2 to move the focus in very small steps of less than a millimeter.

The shots were lit with an on-camera flash shot through a pop-up diffuser. Believe it or not, that light source is the best macro lighting I've found, and I've used tons of different setups.

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