Focus Stacking (High- & Low-Tech Methods)

Part 1: Focus stacking: high- & low-tech methods of acquiring a stack of images by Jena Johnson

Jena Johnson The first time I witnessed the magnified beauty of insects through the lens of a microscope I knew I would spend my life involved in learning more about this beautiful and fascinating group of animals. I earned my Masters degree in entomology at Clemson University then went on to work as an entomology laboratory technician first at the University of Wisconsin and now at the University of Georgia.

For many years I photographed insects with a 35mm film camera but when digital cameras became more affordable a few years ago my passion for insect photography was reignited. I photograph insects for the pure joy it brings me.

More of Jena’s work can be seen on her web site:



Part 2: Description and demonstration of post-processing techniques for increasing depth of field in macro and close-up images (as well as telephoto landscapes) using both general purpose and specialized software packages by Wade Sheldon

Wade SheldonWade is a Marine Scientist at the University of Georgia, specializing in scientific computing and environmental informatics. Wade picked up his first Canon SLR right after college, and immediately put it to work documenting his work and family life. Wade’s science and environmental images have been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and government reports (including the UGA Research Reporter and ACC Leisure Services Magazine), and accepted into several Lyndon House juried exhibits.

More of Wade’s work can be seen on his website: Wade’s presentation can be downloaded here.


Part 3: Brief overview of low tech ways (including 1 free way) of getting macro shots without focus stacking by Chuck Murphy and Tim Rogan.