1/9/2017 - Two Ukes

by Gene Mcdaniel January. 10, 2017 372 views


I've owned these ukuleles for several years, and I get a lot of enjoyment from playing them, and sometimes photographing them. I think that their colors and shapes can really make for some interesting compositions. This photo, however, is something of a disaster. I wanted it to be sharp from front to back, so tried to focus stack multiple images. They really didn't merge properly in Photoshop, so it looks pretty bad. I need to experiment some more with this technique to understand how to make it work!

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Tiffany Mueller 4 years, 4 months ago

From one ukulele fanatic to another, I LOVE this photo!

I've been wanting to experiment more with focus stacking myself. I'll try to get a tutorial posted from one of our pro's over the official blog ( http://www.PhotoBlog.com/learn ). I'm sure one of our awesome experts has some sweet tips they'd be willing to share!

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Loren Knoppi 4 years, 5 months ago

I like the photo. I have not touched photoshop at all, as I'm still struggling with LR, but will get there eventually.

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Kaeyla Mcgee 4 years, 5 months ago

It's an interesting shot and I think works well. I use focus stacking quite often with macro photographs and it can be really tricky - you need to make absolutely sure that the camera doesn't move between shots and that's quite a challenge when you're changing focus constantly! I also often have to tweak and fiddle in PS to get things properly aligned. As with everything I guess, it's just practice :-)

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Gene Mcdaniel Replied to Kaeyla Mcgee 4 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, Kaeyla. This was my first attempt at focus stacking, so I probably just need to practice. I see that there is some specialized software that does a better job at this than PS, but it's a bit pricey for my needs.

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Kaeyla Mcgee Replied to Gene Mcdaniel 4 years, 5 months ago

https://petapixel.com/2014/09/07/tutorial-easily-focus-stack-using-photoshop-feature-probably-didnt-know/
This is a link to a video explaining a bit about stacking in the later versions of PS. You may be using this feature already - and to be honest I haven't tried it or looked at the video - but if not perhaps it can help.

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
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