Stacking Dandelions to Get a Dandelion

Focus Stacked from four separate photos. Shot with a Canon 60d and tamron 180mm Macro. 1/800, F/3.5, ISO 100.

It came pretty good. I took 8 frames and pick 4 to use for focus stacking. I shot this handheld, turning the focus ring on each shot to focus to a portion of the dandelion head.

If you’re not familiar with focus stacking, you can read the short post I did a while back.
Here are the steps I did for this photo:

  1. I’m using lightroom as my primary post production tool and management software, from lightroom I choosed the photos I need to stack, highligt them, right mouse click and choose Edit as Layers in Photoshop.
  2. In Photoshop, I align all layers. To align the layers, highlight the layers you intend to align and click on Edit –> Auto Align Layers. This is a must, especially if you shot the photos handheld like what I did. Also don’t worry if get the edges distorted after aligning the layers, that can easily be fixed later. If you want the photos to be perfectly aligned, you must use a tripod, which is the recommended method when doing focus stacking .
  3. After aligning the layers, you can now stack the layers.  To do this, click on Edit –> Auto Blend Layers and Choose Stack Photos.
  4. The final step is to merge the layers and crop to clean the edges.

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