An un-focused photograph is a ruined photograph. Depending on what type of camera you have, in can sometimes be difficult to control exactly where and how your camera focuses. And yes, there are instances where you might want only one area of your photograph to be in focus, and the rest to be a bit blurry – this effect is called depth of field – but what about those times where absolutely ever detail *needs* to be in focus?
Achieving a perfectly focused photograph becomes increasingly difficult when you are doing macro – or close up – photography. Have you ever been trying to take a picture of an unusual flower while on your travels, and struggled to get the entire flower in focus?
One of Dan’s interests is macro photography, and one thing he always struggled with was composing the perfectly focused image. Recently, Dan has been playing around with computer programs like Photoshop and Lightroom, trying to find easy solutions for his photography problems.
The technique I am going to outline today is called focus stacking. You may remember that in the past we shared a photography tip called image stacking, a technique where you can – at the touch of a button – eliminate all other people from your travel photography. Well this technique is kind of similar. Instead of eliminating people, this technique will eliminate blurriness from your image. This technique is a little more hands on than image stacking, but it is something that can easily be mastered.
The Guide To Perfectly Focused Macro Photography
1) Put your camera on a low aperture (like f 2.8) and keep your camera on manual focus.
2) Focus on the closest point to you and take a photo.
3) Take a series of photographs, gradually increasing your focus until you are finally focused on the point that is furthest away from you.
4) Open up photoshop
5) Select File, then select Scripts, then select Load Files into Stack
6) Select all the layers (photos)
7) Select Edit, then select Auto Blend Layers. A prompt will appear asking you choose between Panorama or Image Stack. Select Image Stack.
8) Once your image stack is complete, right click on one of your layers and select Merge All Layers
Voila! You are finished! You now have a perfectly focused photograph.