Shooting Macro Photos With Deep Depth-of-Field

January 9, 2013 by
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I’m currently deep in the process of preparing a macro shooting course for As anyone who’s ever dabbled in macro knows, as you get closer, your depth of field gets more shallow. Sometimes unusably shallow. However, there are things you can do to get much deeper depth of field.

Thanks to digital post-production, it’s possible to shoot multiple images from different distances, each with a very shallow depth-of-field, and then combine them into a finished image with very deep depth-of-field, such as this shot of a wasp:

If you’d like an overview of this process, and the gear involved, I’ve just written an article for that will give you a better look at how it’s done.

And keep an eye on this site for news of my upcoming Lynda macro course.


6 Comments on Shooting Macro Photos With Deep Depth-of-Field

  1. Varna Amarasinghe on Thu, 24th Jan 2013 10:15 pm
  2. Dear Ben;
    I am an enthusiastic ‘prosumer’; and I have been interested in Photography for a long time; however I am a “time poor” and “enthusiasm rich” person. I have enjoyed your Photography courses in; especially the simple way you put concepts across. I am a Canon user.

    I will be in San Francisco in June(not my first time); and will make time to visit the Golden gate bridge again and the visitors centre! In my openion San Francisco has one of the best night photography, especially from the tram!

    May I please recomend you to concider following subjects/topics:
    Photoshop for intermediate level photographers
    Flash Photography for beginers & intermediate level photographers (Canon 580 EX II/600 EX)
    Canon image editing software

    Thank You


    Varna Amarasinghe

  3. Anonymous on Sat, 2nd Feb 2013 2:22 am
  4. Yay! Looking forward to this new course!

  5. John Dalton on Thu, 7th Feb 2013 6:50 pm
  6. Hi Ben,

    I requested this subject for a course from back in September last year, mentioning your name and how I’d enjoyed you foundations in photography courses. At the time they said they had no plans for production, so I’m so glad the folks at Lynda have listened and I am very much looking forward to seeing this course. I am particularly interested to see your suggestions for lighting macro shots—having looked at Flickr I know many photographers make their own custom diffusers as the ring flashes available can be rather cumbersome on the end of a lens that may already have several extension tubes attached, no to mention overly harsh in their luminance. Anyhow, I look forward to your guidance.

    Keep up the good work.


  7. Colin Nicholls on Sun, 3rd Mar 2013 3:05 pm
  8. Nice Little piece, well done

  9. Chris Sutton on Wed, 3rd Apr 2013 4:47 pm
  10. Hi Ben,
    All of your courses on have been so very informative and assisted me in pursuing my dream career change (enforced due to the crash) and I would like to congratulate you in your work. Your delivery style makes it very easy to understand deep technical details and portrays a relaxed approach to what can be a very frustrating subject to a novice.
    Well done and thank you

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