Water Droplets on Rose, Testing Panasonic Lumix G3 and Photo Stacking

 

We got this beautiful yellow roses last weekend that is starting to bloom, it is really beautiful and a great subject to photograph. So I decided to test my new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 16 MP Micro Four-Thirds Camera and see how it does with macro. I use the Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS Zoom Micro Four Thirds Lens for Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds Cameras a Raynox DCR 250 and 1 speedlite on top fitted with a .  Opteka OSG14 1/4-Inch Universal Honeycomb Speed Grid .

For the shot, I use an old technic called focus stacking. In Focus Stacking you take multiple photos of the same subject very much like shooting hdr, the only difference is, in focus stacking, we shoot different focused points without changing exposure. We do this to increase depth of field and to increase the sharpness of the final image. In this photo, I shot 5 frames, focusing on different spot of the flower. One more you'll need for focus stacking is a sturdy tripod. 

The last step in focus stacking is to merge them together, and that can easily be done in photoshop cs4, cs5 or cs6. I found a great video tutorial below from Photofacts Tutorials:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFN7r0FmTJE[/youtube]

Other than Photoshop, you can also use Helicon Focus a software from Helicon Soft which cost around $30-$55 for a 1 year license and $115-$200 for unlimited license.

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