7 comments on “First attempt at image stacking: the face of a sow bug (Isopoda)

  1. It is a good start nevertheless, what program did you use? Next will be working with live specimens! Stacking is the way to go in my opinion. Takes some time and practice, but once you get used to it, it works quite well.

    Keep up the good work!


    • Thanks Martin! I used Zerene Stacker, and I have to say it was surprising simple to use. Have you tried it? Working with live specimens is definitely the plan and I am thinking of what kind of critters would be most suitable. I’d really like to try stacking images of aquatic species…


  2. I had not heard of image stacking as a term either before. I have combined parts of pictures before for various reasons to make a better final image. Have never dealt with 24 like that though. Is it important that the bug stay perfectly in the same positon for all 24 shots? Or if it shifts a leg and that is what is sharp you can put it all together regardless of whether the subject isn’t into perfect stillness. Very interesting!!

    • It works best if the critter is in the same position for each shot, although the program does a good job of aligning the images. If one leg moves during the process you end up with a blur or an out of focus leg in the wrong position. It’s really frustrating actually! LOL

  3. Pingback: More image stacking: portraits of flies | macrocritters

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