Focus stacking with Olympus Tough TG-5

#1

Continuing the discussion from Good cameras for nature shots:

I’ve got a TG5. It was recommended by the Texas Parks and Wildlife rare plant specialists for getting high quality photos with GPS. Question I have is with the stacking. I’m having trouble with software not camera. Are you using Olympus, Photoshop, or third party software for Focus Stacking?

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#2

It has built in Focus Stacking. To use it you must turn to the microscope dial.

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When I downloaded into Photos (mac), it came out with 30 separate shots and no way to stack them. I could not make heads or tails of the Olympus software and even somehow changed the page view which keeps me from seeing all my photos with the software. Help/documentation on Olympus software is non-existent. Maybe the problem is Photos and some other software would be better, hence my question being about software.

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#4

Yes, turn the dial to microscope, then it is the second icon along the bottom from the left. I use it regularly, but it is difficult to get good focus handheld.

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#5

It sounds like you had the camera on focus bracketing. I haven’t had any luck using that setting and I end up deleting 30 bad photos too.

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#6

https://havecamerawilltravel.com/photographer/olympus-tg5-macro-focus-stacking/ gives a brief summary. Otherwise you should look at Zerene or Helicon (Unless you have the full Photoshop (Merge). Or Affinity Photo?

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#7

Hey all. This topic is really more about the elements of a particular camera than nature and not really suitable for a separate topic in “Nature Talk.” @johnbarr, if you’d like to combine this into a summary post in the main camera topic you referenced that would be great. @robertarcher397 had a suggestion for one resource and others can add online camera forum or other resources in the original camera topic. I’m going to set a timer to close this topic in a few hours. Thanks!

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#8

I’ve used Helicon to stack macro photos of insects with good results. It was pretty easy to learn too.

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#9

The focus stacking on Olympus TG-5 is a bit finnicky. You need to hold the camera perfectly still (hand holding is usually not good enough). Just a note of warning. Get a tripod for it if such a thing exists, and you’ll be thankful.

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#10

I hear many people who use this camera for macros of lichens or plants. A pity it is difficult to make a good picture with it.

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#11

I use focus stacking with the Olympus TG-5. Good light, extremely steady, and in microscope mode for extreme close-up is the only way to get this right. I have excellent results: I posted a few today using this method.

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#12

btw, also I just load this up to my mac, too. I agree with pbedell sounds like you had camera on focus bracketing.

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