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Focus Stacking question


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Vlad_IT Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2011
Mon 18-Feb-13 02:11 AM

Good evening all. I spent evening today refreshing my post processing Photoshop skills, which I lost for not using PS in the past year. I was 100% of the time in LR3.6 and then LR4.3

I needed to refresh my knowledge for panorama, focus and HDR stacking for upcoming project. I probably chose not the best object or rather point of view, but whatever is done – is done. I used computer software for automating focus changing while taking pictures. 22 images covered DOF about 2 inches.

Then I used two different techniques to load imaged into PS 5.1 for focus stacking. Sample #1 is pure NEF and sharpening is done on one of the last steps after all layers are merged and before converting to a JPEG. Sample #2 is done via loading all NEF files into Adobe Camera RAW and sharpening/adjusting those before exporting to PS for focus stacking.

I was expected to see better results in case #2, but I do not see it. I’m trying to figure out what possible I did wrong. To starter the number of files might be too much.. what else?

Sharpening after focus stacking

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Sharpening each file before focus stacking:

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Best regards,