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Maybe not used widely, anyway, it's being described at few places (interesting), some companies developed software for it, or at least software that may make final image from more photos.

It may be easy to find a reason to use focus stacking as depth of field many times covers just part of the "object" being photographed. Changing aperture cannot be done to cover everything.

Sometimes 5 or more photos are required. Taking the sharpest part of each and attaching it to the final image may look really amazing.

"Classic" way, using tripod, making more photos from the same place to the same object is start; Sony has no integrated focus stacking (bracketing) software in the camera bodies.

There was Freememories (with bunch of software for Sony cameras that may use official Sony Playmemories software), there were some nice examples of good apps, created for improvements at those fields where Sony has no appropriate solutions. One of those focus stacking; focus bracketing.

Cannot be sure, but seems that site is not available anymore, will try to check again.

Also, there are some 3rd party software solutions, must say, some of them from questionable sources, may not be recommended. Some others may be okay, but still, process should be simplified and prepared to be done to have best possible result.

It would be great if Sony software division will create additional feature, similar to exposure bracketing, which would be able to make 5, 10 or more photos with same exposure, but with different focus points (the range should be set with steps, maybe, just closest and farthest distances being set with the number of steps).

Or, to do all of that classic way?

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On 8/30/2022 at 12:39 AM, Aldowski said:

Maybe not used widely, anyway, it's being described at few places (interesting), some companies developed software for it, or at least software that may make final image from more photos.

It may be easy to find a reason to use focus stacking as depth of field many times covers just part of the "object" being photographed. Changing aperture cannot be done to cover everything.

Sometimes 5 or more photos are required. Taking the sharpest part of each and attaching it to the final image may look really amazing.

"Classic" way, using tripod, making more photos from the same place to the same object is start; Sony has no integrated focus stacking (bracketing) software in the camera bodies.

There was Freememories (with bunch of software for Sony cameras that may use official Sony Playmemories software), there were some nice examples of good apps, created for improvements at those fields where Sony has no appropriate solutions. One of those focus stacking; focus bracketing.

Cannot be sure, but seems that site is not available anymore, will try to check again.

Also, there are some 3rd party software solutions, must say, some of them from questionable sources, may not be recommended. Some others may be okay, but still, process should be simplified and prepared to be done to have best possible result.

It would be great if Sony software division will create additional feature, similar to exposure bracketing, which would be able to make 5, 10 or more photos with same exposure, but with different focus points (the range should be set with steps, maybe, just closest and farthest distances being set with the number of steps).

Or, to do all of that classic way?

You finding are much better but it has some empty things. I was finding the same solution yet but was unable to find. I don't know where is actual solution of it. I'm still waiting.

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