Focus stacking and applications of it

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Lately I’ve been thinking about the above tutorial on Focus Stacking given at Phlearn, which is a group that offers Photoshop Learning company based right here in little old Chicago.

Focus Stacking is the answer to all you macro photographers who get frustrated when your ultra closeup photography has a really short depth of field.

The video graphic above takes you to Phlearn’s web site, because I cannot embed Vimeo videos here.

But there are other applications of focus stacking, too.

In the above example, Aaron Nace photographed the toy unicorn about 10 times that stands about 2 or 3 inches tall (at most). All 10 photos are at different focus points. At one point, the horn is in focus and then the wings and then the back foot. Once in Photoshop, you can use a tool called “Auto Blending” to put them all together.

I was thinking how cool it would be if we photographed a child and took one of his or her small toys and made a scene of them both sitting together.

Or maybe an adult has a toy of some significance.

I’m trying to dream up other applications as well.

Below is Phlearn’s final image.