Focus stacking

I thought I would try focus stacking after watching a video on Phlearn.  This was quite basic, – I just took three shots using a 90mm macro lens focusing on each of the figures. It worked reasonably well, but think I need more pictures as I was shooting slightly down at the figures, and the legs are slightly blurry.  Still, it is good to know how it is done for future reference.

starwars

Putting it all together

As we’ve been attempting portrait photography on my course I thought I should have a go with some of the bits and bobs I’ve been collecting. For the pictures below the basic setup was a single Nikon SB-900 flash triggered with some cactus remote triggers  (which are very good… except sometimes it looks like the sync speed is completely out, as I get banding) positioned front, right and above and a grey background I recently bought.

The top two photos use an umbrella as a diffuser, and the bottom two are with a bare flash.  For each set,the picture on the right has a reflector positioned bottom left.

monkey

I reckon, based on this set of pictures, the flash without the umbrella, and the the reflector are the way to go.

They we go.  Practise run over….