Macro Exercises #3 Focus stacking

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  • Lord VetinariLord Vetinari Smugbug Posts: 14,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 24, 2010
    JGS2N wrote: »
    Thank you for the tutorial. Here is an attempt from today.


    That came out rather nicely !
    Brian V.
  • MoonshaeMoonshae Beginner grinner Posts: 5Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited December 9, 2010
    First stacking attempt
    Hi all,

    I found this site a few days ago, and it has re-sparked my interest in macro. I knew about focus stacking, but didn't know there was software that could handle it for me; my Photoshop skills are fairly limited, and I wouldn't likely be able to pull it off.

    So here is my first attempt, I plucked a flower outside of work (pickings are slim here in New Jersey) and shot it on my desk. Any comments/critiques are welcome; I found a few OOF areas when I zoomed in at 100%, so I know I need to take more slices with smaller increments.

    The flower was too big to fit into my shot at 1:1, so hopefully the edges being cropped aren't a major issue.

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  • Lord VetinariLord Vetinari Smugbug Posts: 14,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 9, 2010
    Moonshae wrote: »
    Hi all,

    I found this site a few days ago, and it has re-sparked my interest in macro. I knew about focus stacking, but didn't know there was software that could handle it for me; my Photoshop skills are fairly limited, and I wouldn't likely be able to pull it off.

    So here is my first attempt, I plucked a flower outside of work (pickings are slim here in New Jersey) and shot it on my desk. Any comments/critiques are welcome; I found a few OOF areas when I zoomed in at 100%, so I know I need to take more slices with smaller increments.

    The flower was too big to fit into my shot at 1:1, so hopefully the edges being cropped aren't a major issue.

    Came out pretty well ! can't see any OOF stripes at this resolution :)
    Brian v.
  • dixondukedixonduke Major grins Posts: 197Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 5, 2011
    I received my 105mm VR today. I think I have a new best friend. My first ever Macro lens, and while I knew the DOF was thin, I had NO idea it was as thin as it is. Here is my attempt at Focus Stacking. 9 Shots, and I used Photoshop CS5 to do the merge.

    I took 9 incremental shots, just moving the focusing mark while in live view. Started at the rear hub/spokes, and worked to the front of the bike.

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    Finished product with a slight levels adjustment layer to complete it off.

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    Duke
  • DynamictankDynamictank Macro man Posts: 2Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited February 5, 2011
    Macro
    I need a lens for a nikon d90 for pics of corals n reef tank
  • Lord VetinariLord Vetinari Smugbug Posts: 14,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 6, 2011
    dixonduke wrote: »
    I received my 105mm VR today. I think I have a new best friend. My first ever Macro lens, and while I knew the DOF was thin, I had NO idea it was as thin as it is. Here is my attempt at Focus Stacking. 9 Shots, and I used Photoshop CS5 to do the merge.

    I took 9 incremental shots, just moving the focusing mark while in live view. Started at the rear hub/spokes, and worked to the front of the bike.

    Stack came out very well - lovely capture :)

    Brian V.
  • Lord VetinariLord Vetinari Smugbug Posts: 14,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 6, 2011
    I need a lens for a nikon d90 for pics of corals n reef tank

    Not sure if you need a macro lens for this or not, But a macro lens around 100mm focal length would work well. eg Nikon 105, Sigma 105, Tamron 90.

    Brian v.
  • ProudfotoProudfoto Grinning 7D owner Posts: 13Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 27, 2011
    Before...

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    After, with Zerene Stacker...

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    This took 8 slices in Zerene Stacker. CombineZM left a much more noticeable stepped halo around the Cheetah. I had the camera on a tripod, so alignment should not have been an issue. Though I did go through the steps to manually align in CombineZM, but I got the same result. Perhaps the size of the bokeh and the contrast are to blame?

    After, with CombineZM...

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  • Rob PauzaRob Pauza Grin Ninja Posts: 118Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 27, 2011
    Nice job Michael. Do you prefer Zerene or Photoshop for the stacking? I have both a PC and Mac, but I do all my photo stuff on the Mac, so I guess I don't have the Zenene option.... without some pain going cross-platform that is.
    -Rob Pauza
    Rob Pauza Photography
  • Lord VetinariLord Vetinari Smugbug Posts: 14,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 28, 2011
    Rob Pauza wrote: »
    Nice job Michael. Do you prefer Zerene or Photoshop for the stacking? I have both a PC and Mac, but I do all my photo stuff on the Mac, so I guess I don't have the Zenene option.... without some pain going cross-platform that is.

    Zerene stacker does have a MAC os version.
    Brian V.
  • ProudfotoProudfoto Grinning 7D owner Posts: 13Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 28, 2011
    Rob Pauza wrote: »
    Nice job Michael. Do you prefer Zerene or Photoshop for the stacking? I have both a PC and Mac, but I do all my photo stuff on the Mac, so I guess I don't have the Zenene option.... without some pain going cross-platform that is.
    I haven't tried in Photoshop, as I try to become proficient in software that I can actually afford rolleyes1.gif.
  • jsquerijsqueri Major grins Posts: 244Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 3, 2011
    Great tutorial, Brian, thank you. I've had moderate success with this, but I still have some issues.

    This is a winner at f/5.6 with 3 exposures.

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    #1

    The second also works (less than 1:1) at f/2.8 with 3 exposures.

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    #2


    The last one is at f/2.8 with 5 exposures. Can anyone explain the problem?

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    #3

    Any input would be appreciated.
  • Lord VetinariLord Vetinari Smugbug Posts: 14,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 4, 2011
    JOhn - as you say the first 2 stacks look good, the last one is a bit of a mess.
    Not really certain what causes this but looks like one of the images has been mis-scaled or aligned. Have you tried reversing the stack order and trying it ?
    Brian v.
  • OverfocusedOverfocused Photo Nut Posts: 1,067Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 9, 2011
    GOLDENORFE wrote: »
    WHY ARE YOUR FILE SIZES SO BIG? what camera are u using?

    my stacked files from zerene average 7-9 mb


    Sorry I never saw your question till now...

    I use a 5D Mark II and I generally stop down to F/10 so there is a lot more detail to record than using an open F/#
  • ScottingtonScottington Big grins Posts: 11Registered Users Big grins
    edited November 5, 2011
    Just replaced my D90 w/ my D7000... First thing I wanted to mess with were some macros and focus stacking. Testing out HeliconFocus for now, but I hope to a cheaper alternative for mac before the trial is up. I was testing it on one of my watches. Pictures are of the movement inside a recent acquisition of mine.

    First shot
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    Took 9 in total
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  • Lord VetinariLord Vetinari Smugbug Posts: 14,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 30, 2011
    Scott- that stack came out very well !
    Brian v.
  • DeVermDeVerm Major grins Posts: 405Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 27, 2012
    Happy to report that tests with PS CS5.1 went really well. I used 15 captures from 5D2, each about 5mm DOF for this 75mm silver gecko :) From tip of snout to end result:
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    My i7 CPU was rather busy with the job and the resulting TIFF was 3.42 GByte big !
    ciao!
    Nick.

    my equipment: Canon 5D2, 7D, full list here
    my Smugmug site: here
  • cbbrcbbr Major grins Posts: 755Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 11, 2012
    Looks great Nick - Any chance that you can piont me to a tutorial on CS5 and stacking?
    Chad - www.brberrys.com
    If I post it, please tell me how to make it better. My fragile ego can take it.
  • DeVermDeVerm Major grins Posts: 405Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 11, 2012
    cbbr wrote: »
    Looks great Nick - Any chance that you can piont me to a tutorial on CS5 and stacking?

    Oh that's easy enough nowadays... anything you want to know, just google it and if you like to see it, include keyword "youtube" in your google search thumb.gif
    ciao!
    Nick.

    my equipment: Canon 5D2, 7D, full list here
    my Smugmug site: here
  • b.d.bopb.d.bop Beginner grinner Posts: 6Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited July 10, 2012
    Brian, when using Zerene stacker, must I first manually save each of the RAW slices to a TIF? It doesn't seem to want to accept my RAW CR2 files. Thanks in advance.
  • Lord VetinariLord Vetinari Smugbug Posts: 14,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2012
    b.d.bop wrote: »
    Brian, when using Zerene stacker, must I first manually save each of the RAW slices to a TIF? It doesn't seem to want to accept my RAW CR2 files. Thanks in advance.

    Hi, Yes- afraid so , it does not accept RAW files. I only ever stack JPGs
    Brian v.
  • b.d.bopb.d.bop Beginner grinner Posts: 6Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited July 10, 2012
    Hi, Yes- afraid so , it does not accept RAW files. I only ever stack JPGs
    Brian v.

    Thanks, Brian. Do you use some sort of bulk action in Ps to convert all your RAW slices to JPEGs, or do each one manually?
  • Lord VetinariLord Vetinari Smugbug Posts: 14,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2012
    b.d.bop wrote: »
    Thanks, Brian. Do you use some sort of bulk action in Ps to convert all your RAW slices to JPEGs, or do each one manually?
    I Just use Canons DPP RAW converter and do exposure control, colour temperature correction at the same time - yes it handles bulk files but I do not use TIFF files, they just take up too much space for the number of photographs I take..
    Brian v.
  • b.d.bopb.d.bop Beginner grinner Posts: 6Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited July 24, 2012
    Thanks, as always, Brian.

    - Mark
  • LoneRangeFinderLoneRangeFinder Beginner grinner Posts: 7Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited October 26, 2013
    Henry - I do have helicon focus but only tried it after I been using combinezm and I'm still using combinezm. I had more stack errors with helicon- not sure if it's less forgiving of mis-alignments or not but I just found combinezm more reliable in giving reasonable stacks.
    brian V.

    I have Helicon Focus, so I'm quite interested in this discussion. I also looked at Zerene at the time I was getting into focus stacking. As I recall, the choice (back then) was more limited by the lack of a Mac version for Zerene. Is CombineZm the free version of Zerene? I know quite a few stackers using Zerene-- and they produce excellent results. I'm wondering now if some of my stack failures could have been rescued by CombineZM
  • LoneRangeFinderLoneRangeFinder Beginner grinner Posts: 7Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited October 26, 2013
    Zerene stacker does have a MAC os version.
    Brian V.

    OK. Just saw this. Do you recall when the Mac version came out?

    Thanks
  • basfltbasflt Major grins Posts: 1,882Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 27, 2013
    OK. Just saw this. Do you recall when the Mac version came out?

    Thanks
    http://www.zerenesystems.com/cms/stacker/softwaredownloads/archive
  • tiagodegasparitiagodegaspari Beginner grinner Posts: 2Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited October 9, 2014
    Hello.'m New here and do not speak English, so I use google translator.

    I've been trying to improve my photos but I have stacked type problems. In the example below, I have a photo this visible tip of the flower and after emplilhamento the visible part is blurred.

    Original file used (file 002):
    002.JPG

    Stacking result white 11 files:
    stack.JPG

    There are 11 photos in emplihamento. If someone wants to can access the photos and check that I used. Folder for photographs with 3000 pixel long side used in stacking:
    http://www.fotobrasil.com.br/grinphoto/stack/

    Thanks for your help.
  • Lord VetinariLord Vetinari Smugbug Posts: 14,977Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 21, 2014
    Hello.'m New here and do not speak English, so I use google translator.

    I've been trying to improve my photos but I have stacked type problems. In the example below, I have a photo this visible tip of the flower and after emplilhamento the visible part is blurred.

    Original file used (file 002):


    Stacking result white 11 files:


    There are 11 photos in emplihamento. If someone wants to can access the photos and check that I used. Folder for photographs with 3000 pixel long side used in stacking:
    http://www.fotobrasil.com.br/grinphoto/stack/

    Thanks for your help.

    Hi. Only just seen you post. You would be able to repair the stack shot in something like photoshop by cloning from the original shots onto the stacked shot.
    I did try doing a stack of your shots using zerene stacker and the result was pretty good with no repairing.
    Brian V.

    i-mWGFGt8-X2.jpg
  • tiagodegasparitiagodegaspari Beginner grinner Posts: 2Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited October 21, 2014
    Hi. Only just seen you post. You would be able to repair the stack shot in something like photoshop by cloning from the original shots onto the stacked shot.
    I did try doing a stack of your shots using zerene stacker and the result was pretty good with no repairing.
    Brian V.

    i-mWGFGt8-X2.jpg


    Satisfaction that you receive your response Lord Vetinari. Truly you are a master in macro shots.

    I will test other tools. Currently only have CombineZM.

    Thank you!
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