Have you ever wondered how some product and landscape photos look so crystal clear and glossy? Even after mastering the art of lighting, composition, camera settings, and finding great lenses, are your photos still lacking that punch? Enter Focus Stacking. It is a technique that photographers use to take pictures at different focus distances and stack them together into a single photo. The technique is similar to panorama stitching, where you take many different photos of a wide scene and stitch them together. Focus stacking is easy enough to do manually, but Photoshop can do it for you with the Auto-Blend layers option.
So, how and when can you use focus stacking? Technically, you can use focus stacking for any type of photography, but it is generally used for macro, product and landscape photography. I, personally use it for macro jewellery photos.
Are you ready to dive in? Here's a step-by-step guide:
1. Choose your subject and take photos of it at different focus distances.