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Old Jul 13, 2010, 9:03 PM   #1
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This is by no means a great image but, I had to share the fact that its a total of eleven frames stacked in CS4. Seeing the original images first, then seeing this one really surprised me. I think I'm ready to give it a try on a better subject.




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Old Jul 14, 2010, 7:10 AM   #3
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hmmm
it looks dead to me
lol
(remember my beetle )

i havent done stacking in ages now
the last i did were some shells
they are here if you want to have a look
http://www.johndolphin.net/photos/de...?image_id=6807

this spiky one I had to have a few goes at
http://www.johndolphin.net/photos/de...?image_id=6812

what options do you have in CS4?
its winter here so no live insects around at the moment
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CS4 has the option of stacking images and it will automatically apply masks over the various layers to give you the extra depth of field. It also will match exposures and color if one of the frames is slightly off. It works pretty well, and if one little spot is wrong, it allows you to go through your stack, find the one with it sharpest and change the layer masks - a laborious process but do-able if the program really messes up and the picture is worth it.

And the best thing is that it's part of the program so no extra cost.
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No wonder my pictures look like....I usually stack a total of...oh say ONE frame!?!? Good stacking job, GW!
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Hi guys,
Thanks for the comments.
Harriet, you're quite right. CS4 seems like its a pretty good program for stacking. Of course, I don't have any experience with any other stacking software so, I can't compare it with anything else.
John, to address your question about options in CS4... I'm not sure I'm as qualified as Harriet is to answer that. But, I do like it so far. It handled these 11 images in TIFF @ about 45 meg each, with no problem and surprisingly quick too. I should mention I'm using 64 bit windows 7 with 12gb ram so, I'm sure that helps a lot.
I probably should have posted the originals so you could see exactly what was accomplished. Here they are in jpeg and reduced in size. they were taken in RAW and I had the white balance set for auto. For some reason it used, Auto (White Fluorescent) so, I had to adjust that in pp.








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No wonder my pictures look like....I usually stack a total of...oh say ONE frame!?!? Good stacking job, GW!

Yeah, me too. unless I pre-plan mulitfocus shots. that's the most work in the whole process.

Thanks for stopping by Tullio.
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hmmm
it looks dead to me
lol
(remember my beetle )

i havent done stacking in ages now
the last i did were some shells
they are here if you want to have a look
http://www.johndolphin.net/photos/de...?image_id=6807

this spiky one I had to have a few goes at
http://www.johndolphin.net/photos/de...?image_id=6812

what options do you have in CS4?
its winter here so no live insects around at the moment

Hey John, I just checked out your photos. Very nice indeed!
I'm going back and spend some time in your gallery.
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[QUOTE=Gumnut;1117653]hmmm
it looks dead to me
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Yeah, he's dead... sometimes you just have to play the hand your dealt
on the bright side, the dead ones don't move as much as the live ones.
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