How to use a macro focusing rail for a focus-stacked close-up

NiSi Macro focusing rail
(Image credit: Digital Camera Magazine)

It’s time to take the stalemate out of your macro photography with some focus stacking. One of the more challenging aspects of macro photography is working with a shallow depth of field afforded to you by macro lenses and close working distances. 

For this project, we’ve borrowed a Nisi Macro Photography Focusing Rail (NM-180) with a 360˚ rotatable clamp, which gives you the ability to accurately adjust your camera when shooting smaller subjects in any direction. The rail itself is only 180mm long but that’s plenty of length to shoot enough images for the final blend.

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Alistair Campbell

Alistair is the Features Editor of Digital Camera magazine, and has worked as a professional photographer and video producer.