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Focus stacking close up images

When shooting in close for macro or close up images it is often difficult bringing everything into focus even at f/22 or f/32. The depth of field of an image will often come up short and leave parts of the image out of focus. This is when focus stacking becomes useful. This image was focused manually starting at the point closest to the lense and work my way into the image taking 4 exposures at different focus points. After taking the four exposure I blended them in Photoshop bringing the whole image into focus.

Focus Stacking in Photoshop CS6

Focus Stacking in Photoshop CS6

The image below focuses on the flower pistil closest to the lens. I took 4 exposures at different focus points leaving the corners at the top soft to help draw your eye into the image.

1st of four focus exposure

1st of four focus exposure

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Workshop at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, April 30

I spent the day giving a one on one workshop with Cheryl one of the students for the Fall Rome Photographic Workshop. We spent the morning going over camera function, composition, and then spent the afternoon going over Photoshop and Nik Software functions.  

By the end of the day, we had captured several wonderful Images. Cheryl had a better understanding of her camera settings and the Photoshop and Nik Software tools necessary to process her images. 

 

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Daffodils, Nichols Arboretum

Easter Cactus, Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Prickly Spring, Nichols Arboretum

Nichols Arboretum


Orchid Festival Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Nik Software was used to process the images withViveza 2 and Sharpen Pro 3.0. after opened up from Photoshop CS4 with no other processing.

I stopped by Matthaei Botanical Gardens for the Spring Orchid Festival and was able to capture these images hand holding my camera. During the Festival no tripods are allowed! By opening up the Aperture to F 5.6 and setting the ISO to 1600 I had enough depth of field for these images.

Photoshop CS4 Raw Processing

Nix Software VIVEZA® 2 and Sharpener Pro™ 3.0

Photoshop CS4 Raw Processing

Nix Software VIVEZA® 2 and Sharpener Pro™ 3.0


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