Saturday, April 12, 2014

Focus stacking (landscape or real estate) Photography

These are my personal approach in shooting landscape or real estate ,with emphasis in focus stacking

Focus stacking (landscape or real estate) Photography
- a quick, intermediate to advanced guide

Camera 

Shoot in raw mode (no discussions here) :)

Focusing

  • - manual focus
  • - shoot -0 to .7 meters (depending on the lens), might be .3 on other lens
  • - shoot 1.5 m
  • - shoot 3.5 m
  • - shoot infinity

Aperture

  • f8 -  f11 for real estate
  • f16 - f22 (i would go for f16)


ISO 100 (always on a tripod for these stacking projects)

Shutter Speed (would depend on the situation, sometimes AV mode would suffice for these situations)

Post Processing


  • - Process all images in Lightroom or Photoshop Camera raw
  • - sync settings
  • - export as TIFF (lossless compression, psd is ok too)
  • - in photoshop (open all images) and use File>Scripts> Load files into stack
  • - tick the box that says Automatically align layers
  • - Lets combine the focus now, select all layers
  • - Use Edit > Auto Blend layers, select Stack Images
  • - Export as TIFF or PSD, and also export a jpeg (for web)
Below is a video which I used as a guide but also created my own workflow (above)