Keeping it simple

by Helen Hooker January. 04, 2018 920 views

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After my rather overcomplicated attempt at focus stacking yesterday I thought I'd create a much simpler photo today to share how I did it for those who may be interested. I decided to use my little Lego photographer and allow him to take his own picture of an acorn I picked up somewhere. Instead of requiring lots of pictures to capture the entire scene in view I used a smaller aperture and shot just two photos. In one I focused on the acorn and the second one concentrated on the Lego figure. You can see in these two pictures that the second subject in each one is blurred because it's outside the depth of field.

Using Photoshop I was then able to combine them, using layer masks to reveal the in focus areas, to create a picture where everything is sharp. Of course, having only two files to deal with, my computer complained much less and didn't crash once!

4 January 2018

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 7 months ago

Amazing! I like of course the funny setting too.
Everytime I try to use Photoshop, I lose faith, hope and every nerve cell in my body - we are incompatible.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 7 months ago

Thanks again! I must admit my Photoshop skills are very limited - I know how to do a few small things and do the rest in Lightroom. I must make more effort in 2018 to hone my skills!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Helen Hooker 3 years, 7 months ago

Exactly what I will do in 2018 - try to understand and do more than to cut/size down a picture ... *sigh*

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