I've been working on improving my stacked shots for over a year now. And while I believe I have made significant improvements considering all the variables (camera, rail, subject, lighting and software) there is still one big hold up. In some of my stacks, there seems to be blurring when two subject are close together. I attached a picture for example. This photo was after some manual retouching in helicon focus and sharpening using other software. Ultimately this is B Depth Map Smoothness 1, radius 10 because I found it works best without losing too much detail. I retouched it with a C method and some single slides. My camera setting are f/4, iso 100, 1/200 with flash. Taking steps at 50 micron with a wemacro for 2.5x magnification. The first picture is a cropped zoom. The second is uncropped. Also I adjusted depth feathering in helicon focus to 1.
Any advice is appreciated!
Shooting in macro mode, techniques, tips & tricks
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