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How to quickly stack focus with Photoshop

 
 

One of the most common techniques used in creating macro images is focus stacking. What is focus stacking? It’s the process of combining multiple images with slightly different focus points to keep the subject tack sharp while the background keeps the smooth bokeh often associated with macro photography.

There are...

Fuji launches duo of X-mount macro extension tubes


 
 

Good news, macro fans: If you're shooting with a Fuji X-mount camera, your macro-shooting options just got a whole lot better courtesy of two affordable new macro extension tubes for Fujifilm's mirrorless camera line. Each is made from metal, and both extension tubes feature electrical connections that allow use of...

Leica celebrates 100th anniversary with huge auction, new products including 28mm, 90mm lenses


 
 

2014 is a big year for German camera legend Leica. The company reached its 100th year as a manufacturer of lustworthy photographic tools last March, as its very first camera -- the Lilliput, or Ur-Leica -- was completed by Oskar Barnack in March 1914. Not surprisingly, the company is doing plenty to celebrate the...

From close-up to creative to downright creepy, new iPhone lens accessories arrive en masse


 
 

If there's one thing we've seen a lot of here on the Imaging Resource newsdesk, it's accessory lenses for Apple's omnipresent iPhone. That's true of three offerings we spotted on Kickstarter today too, but the lenses themselves manage something unusual -- all three stand out from the crowd. Lensbaby, maker of lo-fi...

Macro photography: hidden rock art and the magic of polarized light

Finding the 'art' hidden in nature has been a lifelong pursuit of mine, originating in my childhood. I scared myself with the faces I imagined lurking in the shadows in my bedroom curtains cast by the glow of a street lamp outside. I do the same now – see faces, not scare myself, that is – in the gnarled boles of ancient trees, those venerable...

Make your wide-angle macro photos pop by mixing natural and artificial lighting (part 3 in a series)

Photography is, quite literally, writing with light -- and it's lighting that can make or break a shot. With wide-angle close-ups, your challenge is to get a balanced exposure in situations where the background is too light or too dark compared with the subject and the dynamic range of the digital camera cannot embrace it.

That short distance between the front element of your...

These breathtaking snowflake macros prove it’s the photographer that matters, not their gear


 
 

Winter might not quite have arrived yet, but in the eastern half of the United States, you could be fooled into thinking otherwise, with unseasonably cold weather bringing the lowest temperature so far this fall -- and for many of us, the first snow of the year. It seems rather appropriate to match the icy weather...

Nikon announces winners in annual Small World photomicrography competition

 
 

Nikon's Small World competition isn't your traditional sort of photography contest — and even though it's all about extreme magnification and natural objects, it's not a macro or nature competition either. Instead, it's a photomicrography contest, showing off the beauty of objects seen through the lens of a microscope —...

Understanding Bokeh: The fine line between sharpness and blur (part 2 of 2 in a series)

 
 

In the first part of my two-part look at understanding bokeh, I discussed some of the basic science and art behind out-of-focus photographic blur. But to fully understand bokeh, it's also important to look at its relative opposite -- sharpness.

As you might expect, there will be differing views on exactly what...