Setup And Field Advice

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  1. Hi Steve,
    I’m struggling with the concept that smaller apertures will make for faster stack sequences. Would apertures at say, f8 or 11 lead to a slower shutter speed an therefore slower stack process?

    1. OK, I just watched it again and my question is answered: greater DOF will make for fewer frames to get through it.

  2. Hi Steve have you heard about Helicon FB Tube it is the automatic focus bracketing tube. I have the D500 or D5 camera’s which do not have focus Stack option so I purchased this tube & this course to do focus stacking. Would I be correct in assuming that settings & techniques presented here are all viable to use with my set-up? It makes sense to me that they would as this tube should do the auto focus portion if I understand this correctly! Any thoughts
    Thanks Ray

  3. I am not a native English speaker. Is there any auto English caption generating function in your vimeo video, just like that in Youtube? Thanks.

    1. Hi Eric –

      Unfortunately not. If the course isn’t going to work out, let me know and we can issue a refund.

  4. I am using a D850 and cannot get the histogram or the exposure bar to show in Live View. Watched the Histogram video a number of times and been all through the menus. Is the D780 screen that much different?


    1. Never mind. Watched it one more time and figured it out.


  5. Recently purchases Nikon D780. Struggled with getting answers to problems with Focus Shift that Nikon support didn’t seem able to answer: ie. why camera stopped shooting before full count. You series of videos have answered questions I didn’t even know I had: ie. diffraction.
    Thank you.

  6. Hi Steve,

    First of all I’d like to say this is a great course. I already have learned a lot about the focus shift function and it works very well with my landscape photography.
    I have a problem with my 150mm macro Sigma lens. It is an old lens, but AF and it is a HSM lens, so if I understood your lesson well, it should have to work on my Nikon Z7 body. However I have tried several times now, but it doesn’t seem to work. My Nikon Z24-70mm does the job all right, so the setting cannot be the problem. Have you heard of anyone else having this problem?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Sigma has to reverse engineer the AF input for their lenses, so sometimes when there’s a problem with newer bodies. Often updated firmware is necessary, so that’s probably the first step.

  7. Great course, thanks for that. I find a little problem with focus peaking during focus shift shooting. I use my Nikon D850 and has it set-up as explained here. Focus shift shooting requires auto-focus to be switched on. However, focus peaking only seems to work with auto-focus switched off. What am I missing? Thanks in advance

  8. I was too soon with my question. I saw in the field demo that indeed you switch between auto-focus on or off to access either the focus shift function or the focus peaking.
    Thanks, Ed

  9. What if I don’t have “Peaking Highlights” on my D850? On mine, the d10 setting is for LCD Illumination 🙁 Yet oddly enough Peaking Highlight Color is there at d8 on it’s own (instead of under “peaking highlights”). *confused*

    1. Never mind lol

  10. I have Focus Peaking on my iMenu but I can’t get the sensitivity changed from Off (Z7 II)

    1. That’s odd – are you using an adapted lens (third party)? Sometimes things like that can through it off. It shouldn’t though.

    2. I had the same issue (I think) as you. I put Focus Peaking in the i menu for easier access and while it showed it, it said “PeakOFF”. It then dawned on me that to activate Focus Peaking, you have to move the switch on the lens from “A” (AutoFocus) to “M” (Manual). Doing so engages the Focus Peaking attributes.

  11. Great video workshop! Learned so much. However, wondering about Auto-focus mode. Does it matter if you use AF-C or AF-S? I didn’t find anything in your videos about what AF mode you use. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for the kind words. Nope, for focus stacking you can use either one. I’m usually in AF-C, but AF-S works as well.

      1. Thank you. One more question. Does the camera move the focus point like up a vertical line from where you first focus and start shooting? I’m just wondering if there’s a huge tree behind that spot, so it just keeps focusing on that same plane essentially. If so, should you try to make sure that the vertical line up from your initial focus point includes all the pieces of the puzzle you want? For example, in your cabin photo, how does the camera know to keep focusing beyond the cabin to the trees? Is that because your vertical line was not through the cabin itself? I’m not sure if this is clear or not. Just trying to figure out if the starting focus point is critical for landscapes.

  12. I’m experienced but always find something new(or unremembered !)on yr videos BUT I don’t like learning this way. Videos r not amenable to individual selection of parts to study or parts that can be skipped over. Of necessity a vid must cater for all levels so will inevitably include information not relevant to my level of knowledge. Conversely, I will want to review/repeat some parts which interrupts flow and requires manual repositioning on timeline.
    I’ve purchased Video workshop on Focus Stacking but want the main program to be in book format where I can choose to study some areas more deeply, underline/make notes where relevant and most importantly find parts without scrolling to find a particular area of interest. Videos should be adjuncts NOT the main format

    1. Thanks for your feedback. It’s true that we all learn differently, some prefer video, others written material. However, I would also mention that the product page was clear that this was a video course.

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