Seeing more of a snowflake: Focus Stacking

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Macro photography is definitely one of my favourites, but it can be tricky. The area of focus is so thin that it can be frustrating at times, especially with my new lens. I looked online for help and wow did I find it.

The kind folks at Digital Photo Experience answered my e-mail in their latest podcast, linking to a tutorial showing exactly how to get better focus in post-processing. Thanks to Juan and Rick for their help!

The idea is to take the photo at different focus points, and then combine them into one image afterwards, gathering all the detail from the various images. I happened to take numerous photos of one of the snowflake from the below post. Here is the “before” image:

and here is after:

Photoshop did a great job, but I did have to clean it up a bit. This photo was hand-held, so not only did it align all of the images but it added all the focus to one single image. I didn’t have images that spanned the entire snowflake, so the edges are still blurred. Now that I know how to do this however, I know what I need to get it perfect.

This was definitely a “wow” moment for me. Thought I’d share 🙂


  1. Ethan beckler
    January 11th, 2011 | 9:44 pm

    wonderful. I;d like to share some of my snowflake pictures with you. Mind if I email them to you??


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