Photo Stacking

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Photo Stacking

New postby 4thdimension » Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:39 pm

A pal of mine is doing the pics for an article I'm writing, because he is way better at it than I am. He uses a photo stacking program that virtually eliminates focus problems through the depth of field. This shot is comprised of about 20 shots taken at incremental distances and then merged into one clear shot. Even shots if watches taken from above can be made crystal clear top to bottom. It is an old idea but the technology is now available to amateurs . The pics he took of my watches are pretty fantastic but I'm saving them for the article. :) -Cort
p.s.- be sure to embiggen this
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New postby richiec » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:40 pm

Embiggens? Love the photo.
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Re: Photo Stacking

New postby 4thdimension » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:58 pm

O.K., embiggen isn't a word...yet. ;) -Cort
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New postby John Moane » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:06 pm

Cort, Does your friend use software like photoshop to stack the photos. I am useless at taking photos, but very impressed with your friends results.
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Re: Photo Stacking

New postby 4thdimension » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:23 pm

Not photoshop, I think it is an advance copy of something new. It cost some bucks. I'll see what he can tell me . This shot was from his first day of playing with the program. He has since gotten very good with it. At first his camera was in a frame that advanced with a dial and micrometer but now the advance function happens in the camera automatically. The detail he can get goes way beyond knowing how to focus perfectly.-Cort
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New postby veritas » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:45 pm

That is a neat picture. I for one would like to play with some software like this some time.Thanks for showing us Cort.
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Re: Photo Stacking

New postby Stephan » Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:46 am

Did a bit of research on this and found this link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJiEw4VCcYU

It got me interested.
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New postby 4brokenow » Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:25 pm

Cort,

That is very cool. First I've heard of this. It messes with the eye a bit maybe 3 dimensional.
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New postby 4thdimension » Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:43 pm

Stephen, Thats a good youtube recommendation. It explains it all much better than I can. I think my pal is using the third of the three programs suggested. -Cort
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Re: Photo Stacking

New postby Stephan » Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:36 am

I went looking for combine ZM and found the latest version combine ZP here

http://hadleyweb.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/CZP/News.htm

Downloaded that and had a little play and it was not too bad to use.
My experiment is a collection of watch gears from the junk box.
There were 6 pictures in my series.
I found it was a bit tricky to get enough steps as you don't have to move the focus very far.
Camera on a stand with remot shutter control. camera set to manual

Before and after shots attached. I think it worked.

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