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What's New

April 2014 - CamRanger is now capable of controlling StackShot!

January 2014 - Don't want to build a Water Drop Stand? Check this out.

June 2013 - Check out the StopShot Studio - a 12 channel computer controlled version of StopShot

April 2013, Capture insects in flight with our new portable Insect Rig.

January 2013 - Check out our new Water Valve Mounting Bracket for multiple colored collisions

December 2012 - Introducing the Shutter Support System. Completely portable high speed.

October 2012 - Check out our latest one of a kind product - the High Speed Shutter - finally you can capture insects in flight.

August 2012 - Take your StackShot into the field with our new Controller Carrier Also works great with StopShot.

February 2012 - See our new web page on creating Three Drop Collisions with StopShot.

January 2012 - Check out our latest sensor the RangeIR. Designed for birds and wildlife.

Focus Stacking - Automated Macro Photography

Macro-photography is a fascinating sub-set of the photographic world.  It brings to life detail that the human eye all too often misses.  Unfortunately macro photographs often suffer from a narrow depth of field.  How do photographers capture that stunning shot at high magnification and still have a great depth of field?  Enter focus stacking.  Focus stacking is the art of digitally combining a series of images with a narrow depth of field into a single image using a software program such as Zerene Stacker or Helicon Focus.  Ideally each of these images is taken at a fixed distance interval. 

Most macro photographers are familiar with using a macro rail to adjust the camera’s position relative to the subject of interest.  These macro rails allow the distance to be roughly adjusted and provide a crude manual method for taking the series of shots required for focus stacking.  Unfortunately there are several drawbacks.  There is a lack of accuracy, reproducibility, speed, and precision.  Additionally, sub-millimeter steps are difficult at best.

The solution? StackShot

StackShot Macro Rail

StackShot is an electronically controlled macro-rail that coordinates the movement of the rail and the triggering of the camera.  StackShot’s simple user-interface automates the entire image capturing process.

What are the advantages of Stackshot?

 

Modes of operation:
StackShot automatic mode

Macro Rail Highlights

Controller Highlights

For additional information or to view the owner’s manual, please visit the StackShot Technical Specifications page or the Focus Stacking How To page.

See StackShot in action in this video clip.

 

StackShot Macro RailStackShot on RRS Ball HeadStackShot Controller