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Thread: Focus stacking for fly photos

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    Default Re: Focus stacking for fly photos

    Quote Originally Posted by iainmortimer View Post
    Good to see this thread revived as I'd forgotten about it.

    Question: I'm to tight to buy a camera that will enable to manually focus on different areas of the fly. If I just rattled off a load of frames with an I-phone (which other than my waterproof compact is my only camera, will photo stacking still make a difference?
    I suppose it would depend on whether you could get the auto focus to home in on different areas?

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    Default Re: Focus stacking for fly photos

    Quote Originally Posted by philm View Post
    I suppose it would depend on whether you could get the auto focus to home in on different areas?
    Most phone cameras allow you to touch the screen to set the focus point so if you can hold the camera still enough it could work. It depends what software you use how closely matched the different images need to be; Photoshop needs at least a 40% match/overlap to cope with aligning the images before merging. You don't need to go mad with lots of exposures - I was doing some stacked images this morning and was typically taking only 2-3 for each shot. The one below was 3 shots; one focussed on the head, one on the end of the body and one on the wing.

    If you want to hold your iPhone still and have both hands free there are tripods available (Manfrotto Mini Tripod with Universal Smartphone Clamp: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics)

    The tripod part of the above rig is what I carry in my sling pack on the river to hold my waterproof compact for videoing - it's a really great little tripod.

    Focus stacking for fly photos-offly2-jpg

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