I want to set the stage for this post by reminding you I do not make a living as a photographer. My passion is the business and marketing side of imaging. However, after all these years at Hasselblad, Rangefinder/WPPI and working with some of the finest artists in the industry, I've learned a lot and often know more than I let on. The difference is, while I could light and capture a stunning portrait, it would take me the entire day when many of you would have the image in a few minutes! But, I'll match my passion for the craft with anybody!
I've been playing with the LUMIX GX85 and what a kick. For the first time, I tried shooting in the Post Focus Mode and then stacking the images. I've shared several posts on the feature, most recently a demo with the NEW GH5 by good buddy and Lumix Luminary, Bob Coates.
This morning I grabbed the GX85, the Lumix 30mm macro lens, a tripod and headed out to the butterfly garden. All I wanted was to show you the process which couldn't be simpler. While this is hardly a scientific demo, here are some of the focus points I chose to stack and blend. It's all done in camera and using the feature couldn't be easier.
Remember, I'm just playing with the feature. The image without focus stacking is on the right.
The flowers of the lantana are relatively small, probably no more than 1-2 inches across for a cluster. I started out in search of a monarch butterfly, and typical of chasing critters, they're never there when you need them!
Check out the GX85, the new GH5 and the rest of the Lumix family with a trip to the Lumix Lounge, and then your Lumix dealer. Take the time to get to know the Luminary team. They're some of the most diverse artists and educators in the industry, and an outstanding resource to be in your network!
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