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Gary Beasley

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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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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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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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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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Focus stacking is ridiculous for an object six inches long. Use a short telephoto lens (the kit lens with all inexpensive cameras), back up a bit, zoom in a bit, stop down a bit. You need a two-inch depth of field. You can do that at f/8 or lower; diffraction is an imaginary problem at 50mm and f/8 on an even an APS-C or an M43 camera.
 

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Ok, ok ... this is an old thread, but since it has been revived today ....

... what the heck is CS4 or CS6 .... or CSanything ..... I apologize for my ignorance đŸ˜‚

I can think of a couple of possibilities but I know that if I mention what came to my mind you would all just laugh me out of this forum !!! . LOL !
 

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Ok, ok ... this is an old thread, but since it has been revived today ....

... what the heck is CS4 or CS6 .... or CSanything ..... I apologize for my ignorance đŸ˜‚

I can think of a couple of possibilities but I know that if I mention what came to my mind you would all just laugh me out of this forum !!! . LOL !
Adobe Creative Suite with includes the photo editing programs Photoshop and Lightroom. It's no longer called that, now it's Adobe Creative Cloud. You don't buy a specific version anymore, it's now an annual subscription.
 

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I'm looking forward to the new iPhone 11 that was just announced. I suspect that focus stacking may be a possibility just from the camera alone, according to hints and allegations in their announcement ad. Three lenses and some high power photo manipulation software come standard.
 

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How does my older iPhone's HDR setting fit in with/compare to photo stacking? Do you take all the HDR pics and stack them with the software?
 

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How does my older iPhone's HDR setting fit in with/compare to photo stacking? Do you take all the HDR pics and stack them with the software?
Not sure. I'm only going on a hint of "automatically fine-tune(s) detail in both the subject and background." that certainly sounds like image stacking to me.
 

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HDR helps with capturing subjects with brightness ranges normally to great for the sensor, has nothing to do with focus. Dont know how a cell camera can be used with focus stacking unless the software controls the focus precisely and does all the work for you. You do need to be in fine control of the focus to do manual stacking.
 

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You all are way beyond me; I still must remove the lens cover, ignite the flash powder, and replace the lens cover.
Tell me about it. I was out taking pictures with my 4x5 field camera today. Screwed up every other shot with some dumb mistake or another. Have to wait til I get home to count the casualties.
 

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HDR helps with capturing subjects with brightness ranges normally to great for the sensor, has nothing to do with focus. Dont know how a cell camera can be used with focus stacking unless the software controls the focus precisely and does all the work for you. You do need to be in fine control of the focus to do manual stacking.
It might all be just hype. Apple's certainly promoting the "professional Camera" aspect of their new phone. The previous software allows you to do some funky things with focal plane, though.
 
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