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Old 05-14-2017, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How many of you have tried or used the technique of focus stacking on your pen photos? I recently researched the use of it and coincidentally got an upgrade from CS3 to CS6. I learned that CS4 to CS6 can do this with its innate processes as well as several standalone programs out there that are dedicated to this task. Does a great job producing the depth of field needed to make the shot look professional. I got to try it out on some subjects around the house and was pleased with the possibilites I saw.
I got my information from a google search on the subject and then found a youtube video on using CS6 on that technique. Way easier than I thought it would be.

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Old 05-14-2017, 06:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have access to CS4, but I've only used Illustrator and In-Design.
In order to make use of the rest of the suite, it would be necessary to learn to take decent photos. That seems impossible, for me at least.
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Old 05-14-2017, 07:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dont count yourself out, first thing to do is learn to imitate other great shots. In the process you learn to get what you want in a shot and get better.

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Old 05-14-2017, 11:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I used focus stacking for Fiddling About in Photoshop (with a program called CombineZP, not Photoshop). I wanted to try it out, and the process worked ok, but I haven't otherwise found any need for focus stacking in pen photography.

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Old 05-15-2017, 07:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The biggest advantage I can see for using stacking is to use the lens at it's optimal aperture instead of stopping down and risking diffraction effects. I tried it out on a glazed ceramic piece to see the effect, it didn't look that different but still had more snap to it than simply stopping down. When I have time I'm going to set up a pen shot with stopped down lens and with stacking and look at them side by side.

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