How to get sharp and better-looking photos of jewelry with the focus stacking technique?
Focus stacking jewelry photography: Stacking photos with different focuses is a technique called focus stacking. It is used in macro photography of products and particularly for close-up photography of small jewels: birth bracelets, rings, cufflinks... The idea is an automatic assembly by software of several identical photos of your product with a different focus. You get, after the assembly, a completely clear jewelry photograph. With this tutorial, we show you how to automatically perform focus stacking with the PackshotCreator software combined with a 360-degree photo studio.
1. Make your ring sparkle and put it in position
Clean your ring (read our tutorial) and position it on the center of the studio. We use a vacuum system to hold it without any support (find out how to use this system in this article).
2. Prepare your ring for focus stacking jewelry photography
Choose the Hyperfocus shooting mode on the software interface and apply your usual settings for the camera and studio lighting. Choose a wide aperture and an ISO value between 100 and 200 for the best visual effect. Your ring is ready to go through the focus stacking step.
3. Customize the focus stack for your ring
Click on Snap. A window will open on your screen. Select the increment (distance) of the different shots on your ring. Distance is also called focus shift.
4. Let yourself be guided to start shooting
Then select on Next, a new window appears. Determine the number of photos to be taken for the stack of images. Use the guide on your screen to find out how many images to use to keep your ring in focus. To perform automatic focus stacking jewelry phography of this ring, choose 6 photos.
Tip: The higher the aperture value of your camera, the more pictures you need to take.
5. Automatic compilation of your ring photographs
Click again on Snap. The camera then sequences the 6 previously selected shots. The software automatically compiles them into a single file. You get a sharp visual from the foreground to the inside of the ring. Finally, choose the file export format(s): jpeg, tiff, png.
6. The result
Here is the final result: before and after the automatic compilation of your ring photographs