StackShot - Automated Macro Rail for Focus Stacking

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 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 with an extended depth. The images are usually collected with a macro rail and combined 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 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. This is where StackShot comes in, it is an automated focusing rail for repeatably collecting images for focus stacking. Also, if you want to take your focus stacking to the next level by adding additional axis of automated motion (subject rotation for example) you may be interested in our StackShot 3X controller, or see a comparison of the two controllers.

The solution? StackShot

StackShot is an electronically controlled macro rail system that coordinates the movement of the macro rail and the triggering of the camera. StackShot’s simple user-interface makes the automation of the entire image collecting process for focus stacking very easy.

What are the advantages of StackShot?

Modes of operation:

Use the FWD and BACK buttons to adjust the rail's start/stop position. Enter the distance of each step. Then go!

Total Distance:
Select the total distance you want the rail to travel along with the number of steps desired in that distance.

Manual Step:
A button press is required to move the rail the specified distance. Only one step occurs for each button press. Useful for cameras with no electronic shutter release.

Distance Per Step:
Similar to Total Distance, except that you enter the distance desired for each step, and then the number of steps.

Move the camera the specified distance without stopping in steps.
StackShot automatic mode

Macro Rail Highlights

Controller Highlights

StackShot Results

Green Darner Focus Stacked Image captured by Steve Gettle

This image stack of the Green Darner was captured by Steve Gettle.

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

Visit the StackShot Technical Specs and Downloads page.

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