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Want Pointers Another shot from my focus stacking practice

sapstar

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3:1 magnification. 54 photos stacked. This was a nightmare to edit. I wasn't able to recover some of the detail I wanted.
Processed with Affinity Photo:
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Processed with Zerene Stacker. I was able to recover a little bit more of the blur in the middle.
A7RIII_1886_20210326_ZS.jpg
 
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Alex7200

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Editing can BEE time Cónsuming :D
 

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Lots of nice detail in these, I know from experience that stacking yellows can be a right pain. For some reason the stacking programs don't handle those colour ranges well and leaves large spaces that should have detail smooth and flat. Have you looked at the original images to see if the DOF ranges cover everything you wanted before you stack them?

You might already do this but if you are stacking using a tripod I like to put it into live view and up the magnification as high as it goes and use the live view to step down through the image making a micro focus adjustment for each frame if that makes sense. Even doing it that way will still have problems with yellows/ reds/ deep blues/ purples (lets just say intense colours) so you might need to play with your stack layer masks to ensure a frame with detail isn't being superseded by an oof frame.

This can be a time consuming and frustrating process so another option is to render the stack and then clone detail from another part of the flower into the blurred out bits using something like the clone patch tool in PS. One lesson I have learned is no stacking software can do the job perfectly and I always need to go through and clean up little bits and pieces the automated process misses.
 
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