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Merging refocused frames with the D800


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slothead Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 12th Aug 2009
Thu 24-Oct-13 09:54 AM | edited Thu 24-Oct-13 02:34 PM by slothead

I haven't tried this with any Nikon (or any camera actually), but I'm curious if anyone has succeeded with it on a D800.

I am describing taking two very quick images with different focal distances with a fast lens wide open (shallow DoF) and then merging them into a single image using PS layers.

My objective is capturing my twin grandsons in the Halloween costumes at different focal distances using available light (I hate flashes). I know that they will inevitably appear to me at different distances, and I expect the light to be poor. I will probably be using either my 85mm f/1.4 or my 50mm f/1.4, a fast ISO, and will have to recompose for each shot, but am expecting that I can do so quickly enough that PS/CS can find enough similarity to stitch the two images. I'm also assuming that I will have to use AF-C, but if the lighting is too different at the two locations, I may have to stick with AF-S and re-measure (Re-AE/AF lock, rather that just recompose).

Any ideas would be welcome. (I hope this is understandable.)

(And mods, feel free to move this thread - I just wanted the D800 folks - specifically - to see it too.)

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It just dawned on me that this is no different than focus stacking (assuming my subjects hold still - THAT will be a miracle), so my question is not at all complex and I am probably wasting your time asking for inputs.

Thanks for reading just the same,

D810, D750, N1-J5, N1-V3 (and a few other cameras) and a BIG handful of lenses.