Focus stacking

Focus stacking

Focus stacking is something I’ve done very little of. In fact, I’ve only tried it during a 6-week macro class I took about six months ago or so.

Focus has always been my word

For several years now I’ve chosen a word to guide my year. Last year the word was consistent and I managed to keep that one up both here, on my fine art site and my emails out to subscribers.

For many, many years I chose the word focus. It seems to be a constant struggle for me to choose one thing and work on it. I’m kind of all over the place. So, focus is always there for me to work on.

This Year, this blog

While I posted here every Monday last year, I’m not really sure what I’ll be doing here this year. I think, that it’s going to be much more random and maybe not quite so consistent. I’m ok with that.

What I do want to commit myself to this year is my creativity. I want to Create. Every. Day.

Mostly that will be with my camera but I’m leaving it open to whatever may cross my path.

Focus stacking

That all brings me to focus stacking. There are many photographers out there who are masters of this technique. Me? I’ve got a whole lot to learn. I finally purchased a decent focus rail though and that will help in both making it easier and making me want to do it.

Since it’s Day 1 for my Create. Every. Day. campaign, I set up my focus rail, my camera and macro lens. I pulled out a Slinky, a white feather, a mister, my lightbox and my Lume Cube panel light. Also, I purchased the Platypod gooseneck stackable mounts to hold my lights.

Creative results

When I work on learning techniques, etc. I do not worry about perfection. It’s the actions of doing the steps over and over that help me to learn. So, these images are not anywhere near perfect. My biggest obstacle to overcome with this is how to fix things in Photoshop when they don’t work automatically. That is huge for me and may actually lead me to never fully master this technique.

Here are my images from today. I created. Played. Used my imagination. That’s good enough for me. Click on the image to open and read the captions.

Parting thoughts

I also just wanted to share this as it hit home with me when I friend posted it.

We all struggle from time to time with motivation, inspiration, you name it as we try to live creative and productive lives. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and realize that it’s ok to rest. Rest is one of the best things you can do to feed your creative soul.

I’d love to hear from you – your thoughts or questions on any of this. Get in touch here.

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