Focus Stacking For Sharper Images
Increase the depth of field of your images by using a technique called focus stacking. Initially developed to overcome shallow depth of field in macro photography, focus stacking can also be applied to landscapes to give images greater three-dimensional depth and clarity while avoiding lens diffraction caused by smaller f-stops. Participants will learn about:
- focus stacking examples
- ensuring sharp focus
- focus stacking techniques
- focus stacking equipment and software
- compositing images
- and more
Participants should bring a tripod, a DSLR with medium-range lens (24-70), remote cable release (or use your camera’s timer) and be familiar with manual exposure mode, LiveView and manual focus. A laptop running Photoshop and Helicon Focus (a free 30-day demo can be downloaded here) is also needed.
Lastly, bring an potted orchid (available at Freddy’s) or vase with a bouquet of flowers for photographing. At the completion of the workshop participants will have created their own composited images with enhanced depth of field.
About Lew Tarnopol:
Lew's entry into professional photography began several years ago when a videographer friend suggested they pair up to photograph and videotape children’s dance recitals. He's since expanded into family portraiture and head shots, while his fine art images have been hung and sold in various local shows. Additionally, using a color-managed workflow, his services include providing acrylic artists with digital captures of their canvases so they can print and sell accurate photographic reproductions.
Lew is a member of OPPA (Oregon Professional Photographers Association) where he served two years on the board as Treasurer. As an active participant in image competitions, several of his fine-art images have earned recognition from OPPA, PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and Pro Photo Supply.
This workshop is PPA-accredited; PPA attendees who attend the entire session will receive one PPA merit.