I’m loving trying to use focus stacking to shoot wildflowers. The plants I’ve chosen move heaps even in very still conditions so the results of the Photoshop Photomerge still contain things that aren’t quite right (called artefacts). Although this image looks great at a small size, there are still blurry leaves behind the two main flowers if you look closely. I really think the key is to ensure the subject is not moving.
The other is to shoot really quickly. For these shots I’m focusing manually as I don’t have a focus rail or Helicon Remote. I think I’ll have to look at getting Helicon Remote. It’s part of the Helicon Focus software and allows you to control the camera from the software on a computer. In other words, you set up the camera and hook it up to a laptop via a USB cable. After setting the first focus point manually and entering the focus step size, the software actually controls the camera. Cool!