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Focus Stacking: a photographic SUPERHERO!

by Rebecca Li, CPP & Nick Seth-Smith, CPP, M.Photog. candidate


Date & Time: Sunday, May 20, 2018. 9:30am - 5:30pm
Location: California Photography Center, San Dimas, CA


Focus stacking is a superhero born in the digital age! It helps you defy the laws of physics and create images with more in focus than is possible in a single frame. The technique is widely used in macro photography as well as in still life, product, and landscape work.

Also known as focal plane merging or focus blending, focus stacking is a digital image processing technique which combines multiple images taken at different focal distances. The result is a composite image with a greater depth of field (DOF) than any of the source images. This technique allows you to take photos at the optimum aperture for a given lens while overcoming DOF limitations of a given combination of camera and lens.

In class, we will discuss:
• What is focus stacking?
• When does it make sense to use focus stacking?
• How to adjust focal distances: pros and cons
• Camera settings and lighting
• Software choices and image processing

Nick and Rebecca will give a live demonstration and then guide you through a hands-on practice session. 

You need to be comfortable using your camera in both manual focus and exposure. You definitely do not need to be a scientist to appreciate the beauty of this technique. Come join us and experience how focus stacking can help you make more stunning, creative images!


Cost: $99 for online registration until April 30. $120 for on-site (in-person) registration on May 20, space permitting -- please call the instructors (not the venue) ahead of time for availability.

Open to all. Limit to 15 participants. PPA members receive 1 service merit.

Register on PPA:

For inquiry, call Rebecca Li Photography at 781-281-8885.


Location: California Photography Center

120 West Bonita Ave, Suite 201, San Dimas, CA 91773

Equipment to bring

- Camera, batteries, memory cards
- Preferred lens: manual focus option is critical! Macro is good but not essential
- Subject(s) to photograph
- Tripod (or other camera support)
- Cable release (optional but recommended)
- Focus rails (optional)
- Lights (optional)
- Card reader
- Computer / Laptop with Photoshop


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