Create Sharp Bird Images by Focus Stacking in Photoshop
I regularly talk about beginners to help them with landscape and wildlife photography. Bird photography is a fascinating subject for me. One question I face periodically is how to get sharp photos of birds. In this content, I am going to discuss the technique that I use for sharp bird photos thorough focus stacking. Here, I will also be considering working with a significant depth of field like landscapes.
Prerequisite of Bird Photography:
Even if you have a good lens with large apertures, there may be times you have to take more than one shot because of low light and large and separate foreground objects. Consider you have two or three birds in one scene.
There comes of the problems of focus for each of these birds to show their beauty. Most of the technique will suggest that you can quickly get a perfect photo using a very small aperture such as F22. However, in reality, when doing focus stacking, you have to focus on each subject from different focal lengths.
Thus you have to take multiple shots of a single bird scene. Using a camera with small aperture seems a quick fix, but you will not be able to share the same depth of field for each bird. That is when I use the technique focus stacking. Moreover, in this digital age, you have software like Photoshop and Lightroom.
Steps of Focus Stacking:
Is it not a great thing that, you can pick a good portion of each shot you take and blend them to get a perfect shot. Yeah, that’s right Photoshop gives you the ability to do that.
To do this, you need to get all of your photo in a layer in Photoshop. You can then highlight the all the images. Select all the pictures and Align them together with Edit> Align. After that, you merge them using the Blend tool in Photoshop.
After that, you have an image combined with all the right pieces. You can take a look at my tutorial on how to do focus stacking using Photoshop.
In Bird photography, it's normal that sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t. For this purpose, I take lots of shots for a single scene. Focus stacking is a technique to pick to get the right parts in all the photos you have. After that create a new picture with those best pics. Photoshop is a great friend to photographers like me make this easier.