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 Post subject: Focus Stacking
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:35 pm 
I have heard about this on the forums, never really got the chance to understand what it is all about some one care to explain with some images or is this one of those google issues?

Thanks :)

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To get the thread started have a look at Focus Stacking in Live View Display.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:15 pm 
Thanks Bob!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:50 am 
Hi Alex,

there's software on the market today, specializing in stacking/combining photos.

Not only can stacking
- expand DOF
- and as already know so well increase dynamic range, but also
- increase resolution dramatically
- reduce noise without losing details
- correct chromatic aberrations and handshake as well

It's a very time-consuming work flow and the processing of 30+ images in the software using RAW is not trivial. But if you have that one killer-shot..or rather, 30+ killer shots - the software can do marvels with it.

Being a bit of an IT nerd myself, I laid my hands on

In actuality, I've only used it for experimentation. If I one day want to do a super-sized printout..say 6 feet's nice to have it, because I can generate super sharp 300DPI images that big from my D40.

Saves about 20.000$ for that once-in-a-lifetime print because I don't have to buy a

But so far, my 18X12 inch prints with 6MP looks good enough that I have no practical use for this. On a monitor - even a 30 inch - the resolution is less than 6MP anyway, so you can't really see it unless you print biiiig.

Unless you're a photo-guru, you can't really "plan" that killer-shot that you want plastered all over your living room wall, which means you have to take multiple shots of EVERY shot you make, just in case...and life's a little too short for

Cheers :-)

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