Focus Stacking in Macro Photography

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In the world of photography we often work hard to obtain a shallow depth of field. When we take portraits and wish to separate the subject from the background, we use bulky lenses with large apertures just to get that magical 3D effect we’re striving for. In the world of macro photography, as demonstrated in a previous article, things are entirely different.

I couldn’t have gotten this red-eyed tree frog shot without use of a special image-combination technique. Its body is very deep and if shooting conventionally, I wouldn’t have been able to get all of the subject’s interesting parts in focus.

Canon EOS 7D, Tamron 180mm f/3.5 macro lens, 2 shots both at 5 sec, ISO 400, f/16. LED torches were used to light the subject and background, and I took this shot in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

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