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Considerations and Limits of Z-Stacking In Macrophotography

written by: Daniel L. Geiger

In a recent article in photo technique Magazine (Nov/ Dec 2012), Dan Burkholder provided a helpful overview of focus or z-stacking. The technique is most frequently applied in macrophotography. In this article I share some special tips and hints that may not be apparent and may even appear counterintuitive to anyone interested in trying this technique. Lighting should be consistent both in directionality as well as intensity in all frames of the stack. Accordingly, light sources should not be mounted on the camera or lens, which is moved in the process of z-stacking. The changed position of the lights can Read more »