Focus Stacking Competition. Judge: Jacqui Dean

8:00pm, Wed, 3 Jul 2019

  • Event Details
  • Type of event: Competition
    July 3 Competition – Focus Stacking
    We all have cameras and lenses which can manage close-ups. We all have tripods too. And that means we all have the essential equipment to meet the challenge. Jacqui mentioned other gear – macro lenses, remote or cable shutter releases, macro rails, plamps – which are nice to have but not really necessary for this occasion. (Although a remote or cable release is handy for lots of things).
    If you have a question, a comment or need some help just email You might even consider using the Image Review Night on June 5 to get some broad assistance from other club members.
    This is one competition you should be in. Focus stacking is a great technique which every creative photographer needs to know. For this challenge, we will all be doing the same thing (more or less). It will be a fun, and valuable, learning experience.

    To fit in with Jacqui’s brief for this challenge, the rules will change slightly. Here’s what you do for this competition only.
    1. Limit 2 entries as usual
    2. One entry must be
      1. Landscape
      2. A 3-shot stacked image
      3. Can be EDI, Mono or Colour print
    3. Second entry must be a macro or close-up image
      1. Focus stacked
      2. Any number of images in the stack
      3. Any topic
      4. Can be EDI, Mono or Colour print
    4. Awards as per usual
    5. If you are only submitting one entry, then it must conform with point 2 above.
    Some Useful Links
    VP Jan Glover has unearthed some gems which will assist your research on Focus Stacking.
    1. Cambridge in Colour; always excellent and thorough.
    2. DPS. Great primers on all photographic topics
    3. Petapixel. Another source to consult regularly
    4. The works of Stanley and Kaisa Breeden contain superb examples of macro focus stacking. Look for their fine art books entitled “Wildflower Country,” “Rainforest Country” and others. Not cheap to buy but some can be borrowed from local libraries. What you could do, however, is buy their Kindle book “Focus Stacking in the Wild” for twelve bucks. Small warning: Their results are excellent, but their methods are painstaking to say the least.