View Full Version : focus bracketing/ staking

23rd January 2016, 04:15 AM
who has used the focus stacking and bracketing in the EM1? Must admit I haven't :(. Haven't really thought about :(
Your thoughts about it?
Program used to stack (??) the files
how many files do feel are required

In the mean time I better do a refresher read up :o

23rd January 2016, 06:39 AM
Hi Ian,

Is this thread of any interest?


Wee man
23rd January 2016, 09:02 AM
Thanks for the link have still to try this.

Mrs T
23rd January 2016, 09:49 AM
I watched this video a couple of times before trying it:


And found this article on the mirror lessons website:



23rd January 2016, 10:19 AM
thanks skids and MrsT; project for tomorrow

28th January 2016, 11:18 PM
should be in help me to improve I guess so don't hold back with your thoughts

getting it sorted; but I did have a bugga of time yesterday turning stacking on and making adjustments :confused:

these are from this morning in the backyard; all hand held

in-camera stack of 9 files>> pretty in 'auto'; hand held 1/250 F8 36mm (24- 80 mm oly lens
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1521/24558907512_5225de5189_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DqbPzS)
stacking test (https://flic.kr/p/DqbPzS) by Ian Browne (https://www.flickr.com/photos/75510429@N02/), on Flickr

photo part of a standard
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1478/24309010969_b0e2a414b8_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/D3733M)
stacking test (https://flic.kr/p/D3733M) by Ian Browne (https://www.flickr.com/photos/75510429@N02/), on Flickr

top part of the stacked file. Camera has crop the file due to my movement
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1557/24381171230_86da7f4239_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/D9tSMd)
stacking test (https://flic.kr/p/D9tSMd) by Ian Browne (https://www.flickr.com/photos/75510429@N02/), on Flickr

I have cropped this to match the stacked file. Note to me: leave extra space
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1573/24381437410_c619b86f4f_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/D9veUw)
stacking test standard file (https://flic.kr/p/D9veUw) by Ian Browne (https://www.flickr.com/photos/75510429@N02/), on Flickr

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1553/24650747226_726b43d049_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Dyiwkd)
stacking test_ stacked file (https://flic.kr/p/Dyiwkd) by Ian Browne (https://www.flickr.com/photos/75510429@N02/), on Flickr

I'm quite sure better files can be captured with in camera stacking but the best result will come from PP stacking; but that needs another damn program!

big difference in colours off the card (have not adjusted colour but have edited files together.

28th January 2016, 11:22 PM
Try Picolay for stacking. It's free and works very well.

28th January 2016, 11:28 PM
thanks Paul; haven't heard of that one

29th January 2016, 12:39 AM
I have done photo stacking but I dont see me doing much in camera.

I will give it go at some time I am sure.

29th January 2016, 04:42 AM
like a lot of bells and whistles stuff in cameras Alf; we (the more experienced) will not use them much or need them much IMO. However with that said I can see some uses for in the camera stacks although the small under 3 mg jpg files means exposures/colours need to be as close to spot on as possible.
Focus bracketing will have more appeal for the more serious and not just for macro/close-up but for landscapes as well, especially those where a longer lens is used. One would have to question if it would be better to use one click at a small aperture or use X clicks at a wider aperture. I will leave that for the "experts" to sort out and answer.

the oly way has to be better than doing the focusing manually or on a slider; especially for 999 click lol