Shortly after I put my experiences with the Pansonic GH4 4K post focus mode on the Learn Macro site I had a very helpful email from Catherine at Helicon Focus. The more recent versions of Helicon Focus cope directly with MP4 video snippets which you can send directly from Lightroom thanks to a plug in. Last year I had a hard drive in my iMac fail and re-installed most of what I had lost but omitted to upgrade the version of Helicon Focus… I can also speed things up by ‘trimming’ clips in…

Focus Stacking in the field has become a practical reality for me thanks to what Panasonic calls 4K post focus, avaiilable in the GH4 and several other models….. The very first time I saw the remarkable images that a scanning electron microscope could generate I was completely hooked. The Sunday Times colour supplement, a journal of quality in those pre-Murdoch days published a series of images by the remarkable Lennart Nilsson. Every detail was revealed in sharp focus by taking layers within the target and building up an image created via…

As the nights draw in and the days grow colder it is easy to get the feeling that our close-up photography might also go into hibernation until spring when butterflies appear with the spring flowers. It is a tendency I have to fight and fortunately there is a wonder-world of photogenic subjects around if you look at the simpler plants such as lichens, mosses and the smaller fungi. They don’t move, it would take a hurricane (or earthquake) to create any vibration and they offer you time to practice…