With the newer Lumix 4K and 6K cameras like the Lumix G9 it's now possible to get focus stacking for landscapes, right in the camera.

Focus stacking is often used in macro photography. And it’s really easy to get stacked images right in the camera…. If you’ve been following me for awhile you know I always try to get things right in the camera, so I don’t have to spend so much time editing my photos.

#LumixG9 #FocusStacking #6KPhoto

In this video I’m using the new Lumix G9 camera but all of the newer 4K and 6K Lumix cameras have the post-focus and focus stacking feature built in.

Limitations: Internally processed focus stacking uses the Lumix 4K and 6K modes. Basically you’re shooting a video and extracting frames.

As a result you are limited to 4K or 6K sized photos. If you need larger photos you may want to do manual focus stacking — taking individual photos and merging to one file in Photoshop. But that’s a lot of extra work.

You can’t use raw files in 4K or 6K mode either. Again because these are video files. If you need to shoot raw files, then you’ll have to shoot your series of photos using different focus points, and then do your focus stacking manually using Photoshop or other photo editing software.

If you only need your photos for website, social media, and small print materials – such as real estate, or a catalogue of products – the Lumix in-camera focus stacking will be perfect and will save you a ton of time editing your photos.

Benefits of focus stacking: You can manipulate the depth of field more precisely than with camera optics alone. Example, if you want your background to suddenly drop out of focus, you can do that using a big f/stop and focus stacking.


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Comments

    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema

      If you want to see my Lumix 4K Post Focus video, that I mention in this video, it's here: https://youtu.be/vvRbWlDHdM0

      about 1 year ago
    • Tom Bestebreurtje
      Tom Bestebreurtje In reply to Marlene Hielema

      @R J, I have the same question somewhere here. I think that you should use focus bracketing for that (and a tripod!)

      about 3 months ago
    • R J
      R J In reply to Marlene Hielema

      hey do you know if you can focus stack using picture taken not in 4k / post focus mode but manually

      about 4 months ago
    • buster colin
      buster colin

      Great video 👌. Enjoy your method of explaining, very easy to learn. I'm a simple person!😶

      about 1 month ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to buster colin

      Thanks this is great to hear. I try to keep things simple and easy to understand.

      about 1 month ago
    • Choco Later
      Choco Later

      I will believe in moderm technology if you can create DNG instead of JPG when focus stacking in camera.

      about 1 month ago
    • Louis Sapienza
      Louis Sapienza

      After watching this video I’m number of times I finally understand how post focus works on this camara ......your videos are great keep it up

      about 1 month ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Louis Sapienza

      Great to hear this. Thanks and I'll try to keep at it. Summer is hard though, as I work a lot of extra hours. The next rainy day!

      about 1 month ago
    • Barbara Hood
      Barbara Hood

      YOu are so good. A lot clearer and to the point than some of these other guys who just talk a lot.

      about 2 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Barbara Hood

      I try Barbara. :) Thank you for letting me know.

      about 2 months ago
    • Ray Jenkins
      Ray Jenkins

      In the absence of a tri-pod, would you suggest - Auto Merging or Range Merging - for handheld shots ?

      about 2 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Ray Jenkins

      Hi Ray, I suggest whatever works best for you. (Are you surprised? :) ) Do some tests. Results may also depend on the subject matter.

      about 2 months ago
    • LouComedy101
      LouComedy101

      I'm super grateful for your videos. I'm a newbie photographer and this cameras' features can be super confusing/overwhelming; and I want to maximize my understanding so I can take amazing pictures! Thanks a billion!!!

      about 2 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to LouComedy101

      I'm super grateful for your comments. Yes, things can get overwhelming with a new camera. Always good to know what the camera can do. In the end you'll likely only use 20% of the features and you'll soon discover which ones you like best. But that's all good too! Sometimes I even have to watch my own videos to remember how to use certain features. So don't worry! Have fun.

      about 2 months ago
    • rob b
      rob b

      i dont like this feature much.

      about 2 months ago
    • Stephen Francis Voros
      Stephen Francis Voros

      Thanks Marlene, great tutorial mate, with your G9 tutorials, I'm getting so much more out of my G9, every time I watch one and it's always a pleasure to watch them, there easy to understand and learn from, the G9 is a awesome camera, there's no need to say anything else, I own a G7 as well and the only down fall for me with the G9 as a photographer's camera, is there is no panoramic feature, especially when it works so well in G7, in that though, both cameras compliment each other so well, thank you 😊

      about 3 months ago
    • Stephen Francis Voros
      Stephen Francis Voros In reply to Stephen Francis Voros

      @Marlene Hielema ok, I was wondering their reason for not, I'm glad I own a G7 with it, keep up the good work 👍

      about 3 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Stephen Francis Voros

      Hi Stephen, Thank you so much for stopping by my channel. Glad to hear you're enjoying the Lumix G9 videos. You are not the first person to miss the panoramic feature in the G9. I think Panasonic reserves that feature for the "consumer" market as opposed to the "pro" market, which the G9 is aimed at. A shame though!

      about 3 months ago
    • Rio Waz
      Rio Waz

      Thank you for that very helpful video. Can´t hardly wait to try it out. Greetings from Berlin-Germany.

      about 3 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Rio Waz

      It’s definitely fun to play with focus stacking. Just be aware of the limitations when working with closeups. Thanks so much for watching.

      about 3 months ago
    • mediamannaman
      mediamannaman

      When I'm in a hurry (usually) but I need a quick refresher, I set the YouTube playback speed to 1.5 and find whichever of your tutorials I need. Your instruction is so clear and to-the-point that a quick look is all I need. I just reviewed High-Res Mode and Focus Stacking in about 4 minutes before going to my daughter's house to do a jewelry photo shoot. Thanks Marlene!!

      about 3 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to mediamannaman

      I'll let you in on a little secret.... Sometimes I have to review my own videos too. LOL. Thanks for checking in. Hope your shoot goes well.

      about 3 months ago
    • Tom Bestebreurtje
      Tom Bestebreurtje

      Thanks for the great explanation. I now understand the limits of auto merging a lot better too!

      Question about post-focus vs. focus bracketing: can I reason that post-focus is 100% "focused" on in-camera magic, while focus bracketing is old-style and meant to be done in photoshop?

      about 3 months ago
    • qajaqer99
      qajaqer99

      Thoroughly enjoy your lessons. I have a challenge for you -- Would you try foto of Milky Way and use whatever (stacking,time lapse, continuous delay of shutter or ???) to process the exposures in camera. TIA.
      If you like you can mention It am Ernie, notBert!

      about 5 months ago
    • Steve Arita
      Steve Arita

      Excellent video, thank you!

      about 5 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Steve Arita

      Thanks for watching Steve! Cheers.

      about 5 months ago
    • Jiraz Pipatwasin
      Jiraz Pipatwasin

      Hard to chose between HiRes mode or Focus Stracking mode. LOL.

      about 5 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Jiraz Pipatwasin

      I guess it depends on how big a file you need to work with in the end. But yes, similar process.

      about 5 months ago
    • Gary Brown
      Gary Brown

      When focus stacking can you adjust the highlights so they are not Blown out

      about 6 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Gary Brown

      You can adjust the exposure to anything you want or need.

      about 6 months ago
    • DantinoX
      DantinoX

      Well explained, thanks Marlene! When it comes to auto merging why not shooting with a high F stop instead increasing the depth of field and therefore having more of the picture in focus naturally avoiding the halos? What would the difference be? :)

      about 6 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to DantinoX

      That is definitely an option, but even with small f/stop like f/22 you may get halos if using a long lens, because f/stop isn't the only thing that controls DOF.

      about 6 months ago
    • Alan Dimery
      Alan Dimery

      Thanks again Marlene. Do you think this in-camera focus stacking is as good as doing it manually by physically moving the camera on a rail? I am thinking more for macro rather than landscape.

      about 6 months ago
    • Alan Dimery
      Alan Dimery In reply to Alan Dimery

      @Marlene Hielema Thank you Marlene. I to have been using it for Macro work. It does work very well considering it's limitations. I was just wondering how much better using a slide rail and doing it manually would be, if at all. Whatever, it is still a wonderful feature that I don't think many other cameras have.

      about 6 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Alan Dimery

      Hi again Alan, I was going through the comments and questions in this video and someone was using it for small things like insects. Here is his comment "I've been experimenting with post focus quite a bit mainly on close up objects and it works a treat on stuff like this." So hopefully that helps! Cheers!

      about 6 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Alan Dimery

      Hi Alan, I really can't say as I don't do much macro work. As always it would need testing. Sorry I can't be more precise with my answer.

      about 6 months ago
    • Steve Mayeda
      Steve Mayeda

      I'm going to try this out today!
      Thanks for the tutorial

      about 7 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Steve Mayeda

      Great to hear it Steve! Thanks for watching.

      about 7 months ago
    • The Happy Hour Hound
      The Happy Hour Hound

      thinking about picking this camera up for landscapes. hows the dynamic range and can you print 60 inch prints with it in the high rez mode?

      about 7 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to The Happy Hour Hound

      Best to talk to your printer about that to see their specs. I've printed 8MP files over 50" inches wide at photo labs. You can res them up a bit if needed. If you start with a good image, in focus and properly exposed, there will be minimal quality loss when you size up. When I use photo lab printing, I use 175 to 200 ppi at the final printed size. Do some crops with 8x10 prints to test. You need to keep in mind viewing distance as well. I've got more info in this video: https://youtu.be/l218wUF3-eE

      about 7 months ago
    • The Happy Hour Hound
      The Happy Hour Hound In reply to The Happy Hour Hound

      @Marlene Hielema what DPI would you print those at? I have a 20mp 5d mk2 now and I think that's a push.

      about 7 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to The Happy Hour Hound

      Yes, but you can also print 60 inch prints in the regular 20MP mode and you don't have to worry about motion in your shots.

      about 7 months ago
    • Rolf Engström
      Rolf Engström

      Hello Marlene, I bought a G9 last week and your videos are great. Thanks.

      about 7 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Rolf Engström

      Awesome. Hope you like it as much as I do. Enjoy, and thanks for watching.

      about 7 months ago
    • Wil Santana
      Wil Santana

      Thank you!!! This content is great!

      about 8 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Wil Santana

      Thanks so much Wil. :)

      about 8 months ago
    • Hans van der Boor
      Hans van der Boor

      Hi Marlene,

      I mean that the focal point of the lens sometimes does not focus on the right point.
      You focus on your nose and your ear is sharp but not your nose.
      Then we are talking about back focus.
      Then in the camera you can normally perform a fine tunning on the lens of +3 or -3 in the menu.
      But apparently you can not find this function either.
      If you can not find this function I assume that it is not in it, since you have already gone through the menu of this camera.
      For this, my thanks, I still learn a lot from your video's
      But it is a shame about the missed funtion in the camera, I will have to do without it.
      Thanks for the quick response.

      Sincerely

      Hans van der Boor
      The Netherlands

      about 8 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Hans van der Boor

      There is a huge section on focusing and all related sub-topics in the G9 pdf expanded manual, starting around page 89 of the English version. Maybe that will help explain it better than I can. But I think you mean AF Sensitivity. You can also set face/eye detection and many other focus customizations. Here's the link to the expanded G9 pdf manual if you don't have it already: ftp://ftp.panasonic.com/camera/om/dc-g9_en_adv_om.pdf Hope this helps! Marlene

      about 8 months ago
    • Hans van der Boor
      Hans van der Boor

      Hoi Marlene,

      Do you happen to know where there is an option for focusing calibration of the lens.
      Most of these price-range cameras have such a function.
      Maybe it's hidden somewhere under a different name, i don't know.

      Greatings

      Hans van der Boor

      about 8 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Hans van der Boor

      Greetings to you too Hans. I've searched the G9 manual and the web and I didn't find anything on this topic. Just to confirm, are you referring to focus peaking when in manual focus mode?

      about 8 months ago
    • neXib
      neXib

      This is a nice feature for quick captures, but to anyone coming to this who doesn't know, there's focus bracketing on the G9 that can actually save RAW files. Shooting JPEGs is like getting ingredients for a dinner and just mashing them together randomly and eating it cold. The camera can't see what you see, so what you see on the back of the camera isn't important unless it's a histogram. It's about capturing light, Photoshop is the preparation of the image from the light you deem realistic/nice. People that start with "ooh I don't want to use Photoshop" might as well be chefs that tell me they hate frying pans.

      If you have the best scene in the world for 2 minutes and happened to choose the wrong white balance, your focus stacked image is 100% useless. Shoot RAW.

      about 8 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to neXib

      Thanks for adding your thoughts and experiences to the conversation. I'm one of those people who doesn't have time and doesn't like to cook. I know how to cook, and I've even taught cooking lessons, but I'd rather spend my time doing other things like taking photos and videos. So I'm really happy that I can do so much "in camera" with the Lumix G9. Lucky us, there's room for all kinds of cameras that work for all kinds of photographers in this world. Cheers, and Happy cooking!

      about 8 months ago
    • Charlie Granger
      Charlie Granger

      Hi thanks really useful. Does this mean we can set a wide aperture and still get everything in focus? If that's right it's a game changer for noise.

      about 9 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Charlie Granger

      Yes you can. Especially for landscapes. It has limits, as I've demonstrated in the video. So definitely test it out with a range of f/stops. It could indeed be a game changer.

      about 9 months ago
    • John Blyth
      John Blyth

      Hi Marlene,
      Is the output of the final focus stacked image at 20 megapixels?
      Many thanks
      JB

      about 10 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to John Blyth

      Hi John, No. Here are the Limitations: Internally processed focus stacking uses the Lumix 4K and 6K modes. Basically you’re shooting a video and extracting frames.

      As a result you are limited to 4K or 6K sized photos. If you need larger photos you may want to do manual focus stacking — taking individual photos and merging to one file in Photoshop. But that’s a lot of extra work.

      about 10 months ago
    • zzzxtreme
      zzzxtreme

      How does it deal with focus breathing?

      about 10 months ago
    • Michael Ellard
      Michael Ellard

      That’s what I am after.

      about 10 months ago
    • Marlene Hielema
      Marlene Hielema In reply to Michael Ellard

      Great. Have fun experimenting!

      about 10 months ago
    • DEN SOCHIT
      DEN SOCHIT

      Good

      about 11 months ago