Beginner focus stacking tips: Using a rail, stacking your images and dialing in your camera settings


posted Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:00 AM EDT


One of the more challenging aspects of macro photography is working with the shallow depth of field afforded to you by macro lenses and close working distances. Through the use of software, such as Helicon Focus, you can use a technique called focus stacking to create images with greater depth of field. In the video below, photographer Micael Widell covers the basics of focus stacking in macro photography.

Widell is using a Sony A7 Mark III and a Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2x Macro lens. He also purchased a Velbon slider and rail system, which allows you to make small, precise movements. To see how to use the slider and how to handle the images inside of Helicon Focus, watch Widell's video below. You can also check out similar focus stacking software, Zerene Stacker, by clicking here. In the cases of both software solutions, you can download free 30-day trials. It is also worth noting that you do not need a slider to do focus stacking, although a tripod is essential.

(Via Micael Widell