I placed the rosebud in front of my tripod mounted camera and used the touch screen to control the focus point and trigger the shutter. I had the self timer on a 2 second delay to prevent any motion due to my touches.
…this “Two Image Pano / HDR / Focus Stacking” technique can be useful and it has several advantages over the standard approaches …
It’s simpler than conventional techniques, and yields very good results. You can hand hold in many cases, especially if you use an image stabilized camera or lens. It uses the camera’s auto exposure effectively to expose correctly for the different areas of the image. You can post process with just Photoshop – other software isn’t required. It greatly increases the dynamic range of the final image without requiring HDR processing or software. Depth of field can be increased over a single photo approach or the conventional pano / HDR approach. It also substantially increases vertical field of view.
Focus stacking software can give the photographer complete control over depth of field and background appearance and enables optimal image quality results.
Today’s post is inspired by a gift the Olympus Camera Company has just given to owners of their OM-D E-M5 Mark II and E-M1 cameras. They’ve issued free firmware updates that add new capabilities, one of which is focus bracketing. Here’s an example image I made while learning about the new features.
If you’re willing to dive into photoshop or any other image editing software that offers layers and masking, you can do the same sort of work.
It’s fascinating how photography and computers are merging. For someone that started out programming Univacs on punch cards, the power and capability that fits in my pocket is stunning. What can they possibly think of next?
It’s been a while since I’ve discussed any photo techniques, so I thought I’d share two hints that you might not have tried recently. I also wanted to let you know what’s going on at Gatorland now that breeding season is in full swing. Photo Hints: #1 – Focus stacking: I’ve written about this before. You can … Continue reading A couple of photo hints and a Gatorland update