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Beginner Basics – A Basic Guide to Focus Stacking or Focus Blending (preview)

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Sunflowers in Salmon Arm, B.C
Settings: Nikon D800, 17mm focal length, ƒ11@1/11 sec., ISO 100

Story and photography by Viktoria Haack

Focus stacking or focus blending can sound like a far more daunting process than it is.

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It’s actually an incredibly handy tool for any photo where you are looking for elements of your shot to be in good focus from front to back of the image. 

Focus stacking is regularly used by macro-photographers but I primarily use it for my landscape shots, when I want something in the foreground to be sharply in focus, as well as the mid-ground and elements in the distance.

I often choose this method when I have a strong foreground element that I want to emphasize and which is sometimes very close to the lens. I have found it particularly useful for shooting wildflowers in the landscape and icy-textured foregrounds in the winter.

Some cameras like the Nikon D850 have focus stacking built in to the camera, but for those of us who don’t have that luxury we need to manually complete the focus-stacking process.

To read more of Viktoria’s column on focus stacking/blending, and to read more of this not-to-miss issue please pick up the Summer 2018 issue today online or at your local newsstand. To never miss an issue you can subscribe here

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Article by Viktoria Haack

Viktoria Haack is a regular contributor to Outdoor Photography Canada. Her column "Beginner Basics" covers the topics that every new photographer should consider. She believes in ‘treading lightly’ with her assignments, observing light, weather conditions and, when shooting people, finding the subtle visual story.

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