gtowne84 wrote in post #14134874
Ive been trying to mess around with Adobe Photo Element 10 editing coral shots from my aquarium. I dont have much luck. Is the Adobe Lightroom better? What seems to be the best and easiest program to use with RAW images? I was told to shoot all my shots with tripod, on ISO 100 and at f12-f30, and on AV mode and turn all water moving pumps off .. I have got the lense straight up on the glass but most my shots still seem to be blurry. Theres got to be an easier way then what im doing. Oh almost forgot im using the EOS Rebel T3i 18mp with the 60mm f/2.8 EF-S Macro....
i thought about posting the jpegs but I was told that editing on RAW would be best but I dont know where I could post the RAW image to be viewed online....
Any help would be much appreciated!
gtowne84 wrote in post #14135132
Most my shots are really focused in areas and blurred in others. I need the entire shot to be focused but havent figured out how to do that just yet,
As to getting more of your shots in focus, when you are shooting at close Macro distances this will be difficult at the very least. Close shooting is like that.
As to the advice to shoot at "f/12-f/30", well, it was either somewhat off in their advice or maybe you didn't clearly understand what they were talking about. Yes, using large f-numbers will make more things evenly focused, but with your camera going beyond f/11 will also make the in-focus areas softer to to the effects of "diffraction", and going to your narrowest aperture (biggest f-number) will make that softness quite noticeable. I'm not sure what the narrowest aperture for your 60mm lens is, either f/22 or f/32, but both of those are typically not the best choices.
But then, how can you improve things?
Well, for single Macro shots, setting your camera to f/11 and then making sure that the most important part of your scene is in focus is about as good as your going to get. Go ahead and try something like f/22 and see how you like the results, though.
But, for Macro shooting there is also the technique called "focus stacking". This is where you have the lens set to manually focus and you take a series of shots, "nudging" the focus along as you go, and then you combine them in software into a "stack" of layers that you can selectively bring out sharpness from each layer. This can be done in an app like Photoshop/Elements using layers and layer masks, or there are some apps that specialize in this although I don't recall the names. You can to a search here or 'Net-wide for "focus stack software" and come up with some leads.
As to the Canon Raw software, I'd definitely give it a go, at least while you are checking out other apps such as Lightroom