A Guide To Focus Stacking

A Guide To Focus Stacking, an exceptional technique for pin sharp images

Some times we need a photograph which bears up under closer examination and shows the details in perfect clarity and sharpness, and we want everything from the foreground to the background to be as sharp as possible; Michael Breitung has a solution

When I shoot scenic landscapes, I'm after scenes with an interesting foreground to take viewers into the picture, where they are caught up by the views which the middle and background provide. I want them to remain in the picture and to explore the details. For this to work I need a photograph which bears up under closer examination and shows the details in perfect clarity and sharpness, and I want everything from the foreground to the background to be as sharp as possible.

The Problem

When I started with landscape photography some years ago, one of the first rules I learned was that, by using a smaller aperture, the depth of field in the picture increases. I'm working on a tripod most of the time, so why should I not use the smallest aperture available for a given lens and get everything sharp in the picture? I tried it and was astonished by the result. The whole picture showed...

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