Focus Stacking

by Derek Smith January. 30, 2017 670 views
an "I love you" ornament, Panasonic G80, 30mm macro lens

an "I love you" ornament, Panasonic G80, 30mm macro lens

Generally I dislike post processing of my photos, I take then all as JPEG's, and only tend to crop, or lighten / darken images. Sometimes you can't get the image result no matter how hard you try, that's when some of you would wheel out your big guns of image processing software. I think that for the image above, no software could recover the out of focus areas. The image should be retaken, but with  aperture stopped down from f2.8, to f5.6 to give better depth of field. However Panasonic's latest cameras have a "focus stacking mode", so I can leave the aperture set to f2.8, and retake the shot, this time using the in-camera focus stacking; with much better results, and the post processing is all done in the camera for me. The difference in the 2 photos is amazing, thanks to Panasonic technology.


In-camera focus stacked, Panasonic G80, 30mm macro lens f2.8

In-camera focus stacked, Panasonic G80, 30mm macro lens f2.8


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Ram Ya 4 years, 3 months ago

Wow, this is an amazing result. Does this process involve moving the camera at all?
PhotoBlog member Stephen wrote a recent forum guide on how to do Focus Stacking manually https://www.photoblog.com/forum/t/introduction-to-focus-stacking/10339. Could you please update that thread with your results as well? Let's continue the discussion there :)

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Derek Smith Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 3 months ago

The Focus Stacking mode works on the G80, G8, GX80, and LX15 cameras, in essence it's a 4K burst mode with the camera held still, with each frame of the burst having different focus points. The resulting images are combined into one image within camera to achieve a greater depth of field.

A fuller description of the process has been written by Angela Nicholson, at "Camera Jabber"

https://www.camerajabber.com/panasonic-focus-stacking-mode/

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
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