Focus Stacking is a photo editing technique that blends multiple images together to achieve a larger depth of field.
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To create a focus stacked image, we need to shoot a sequence of images of a static scene using a different focus points for each frame. Once we have these photographs then we can blend the sharpest parts of each of our images together using Adobe Photoshop.
Building a composite up this way produces results with more crisp detail throughout the entire image than you could ever capture using just one single photograph.
Focus stacking is particularly helpful for macro and product photographers where depth of field matters. Focus stacking is not a hard thing to do if you are familiar with the way that layer masks work inside of Adobe Photoshop.
The hardest part of creating a focus stacking is capturing great images. This is a technique where your camera skills and precision really matter.
If you try to focus stack images that were shot without using a sturdy tripod, if the lighting on your scene changes, or if your subjects are moving then you should anticipate less than perfect results.
Even with photos that were captured in a perfect studio environment, Adobe Photoshop’s focus stacking algorithm almost never produces flawless results on the first try. Fortunately, cleaning up your focus stacked composite image is not hard and I cover the entire process in this tutorial!
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