Category Archives: Focus Stacking

Focus Stacked Butterfly Images

This article shares a small selection of in-camera focus stacked butterfly images captured handheld at the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory.

My wife and I had not been to the facility for quite a while. After buying our yearly memberships we decided to spend a few minutes composing some images.

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In-Camera Focus Stacking

2023 was a watershed year for me as I fully embraced handheld in-camera focus stacking technology as essential for my photography. This article shares some of my favourite focus stacked images from 2023 along with some commentary about the practical use of handheld in-camera focus stacking.

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M.Zuiko 60mm Macro Review

This M.Zuiko 60mm macro review article shares a wide selection of handheld macro¬† images along with some commentary about this wonderful, little lens. This is a hands-on review. You won’t see images of boring test charts or have to read a regurgitation of lens specifications.

The focus of this M.Zuiko 60mm macro review is to illustrate what can be created with this lens when shooting handheld. There is a selection of images throughout the article, as well as a sampling of photographs at the end. EXIF data is supplied for all of the images.

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Handheld Focus Stacked Landscape

This article features some handheld focus stacked landscape test images captured with M.Zuiko PRO 7-14 f/2.8 and PRO 12-40 f/2.8 zoom lenses. Many photographers prefer to use tripods for their landscape photography, while others (like me) would rather shoot everything handheld if possible.

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Praying Mantis at Night Test

This article features a selection of praying mantis at night test images that were captured handheld using in-camera focus stacking and the M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens.

Sometimes Mother Nature provides a photographic test opportunity which represents a significant challenge. Such was the case yesterday night when a praying mantis decided to perch on the glass panel of my kitchen’s patio door.

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Frog Test Images With MC-20

This article features a small selection of frog test images captured handheld with the M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter. This posting expands on a recent article that featured some pond images also captured with this teleconverter.

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Blossoms From a Distance

It can sometimes be a challenge to photograph blossoms such as water lilies… from a distance… and still get the entire flower in focus. Often we don’t have the physical access needed to get close to subject flowers. As a result we can be forced to use a longer focal length telephoto zoom lens for our compositions. This can create depth-of-field challenges.

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Close-Up Flower Images

This article features a selection of close-up flower images captured handheld using the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 zoom lens along with a pair of extension tubes. In-camera focus stacking was used for all images.

Many photographers have an interest doing close-up photography from time to time, but find it hard to justify purchasing a dedicated macro lens. Using extension tubes with a zoom lens can be a good option for many people as this type of combination can provide a good deal of flexibility.

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Frogs with 2 Tubes

This article features some close up images of frogs captured handheld with 2 extension tubes and the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 zoom lens. As photographers we sometimes only consider a macro lens when planning to do some close up or macro photography. We forget that fitting a good quality zoom lens with extension tubes can create a very flexible and capable set-up for close up photography.

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