Need that extra depth of field while maintaining a nice blurred background, try focus stacking. Using Helicon Focus to get the job done is as easy as loading the images and clicking on the “Run” button.
Let’s say you have a flower that you need to shoot with the macro lens aperture set in a lower range at f/8 to blur out a cluttered background. The problem is the f/8 won’t allow you enough depth of field to get the whole flower in focus.
Leave your aperture at the f/8 and shoot multiple shots at different focus points through out the flower. Then take the images and load them into Helicon Focus and merge them all together for a fully focused flower while maintaining a blurred background.
Here is the first image I shot of this Turk’s Cap Lily. I placed the point of focus on the front petal of the flower. You can see the middle and back portion of the flower has a soft focus look.
The second shot I refocused a little father into the flower.
Third shot I refocused again a little deeper into the flower.
The last shot I focused on the stem which was the very deepest part of the flower.
Okay I’ve got four separate images with different focus points through out the flower. I open the Helicon Focus program and load the images into the program. Once the images have loaded I click on the run button and it will merge the four images together and I’ll have a totally focused flower with a blurred background. Here is the finished image.
At the f/8 setting of the aperture I was able to get this flower in focus with four shots. If I had to shoot the lower ranges in the f/2.8 or f/3.5, the depth of field would be much shallower and would require me to shoot more images at different focus points.
Check out this program at, heliconfocus.com
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