Lightroom: Ability to do focus stacking

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Firmware Version 4.0 for the Olympus E-M1 has just come out with in-camera focus stacking. Actually this is limited to a maximum 8 shot focus bracket. However, if one is happy to do the focus stacking in PP, the camera will do up to a 99 shot focus bracket. No it is not a typo, I mean 99 as in 1 less than a hundred. Photoshop and a myriad other third party apps will do that or so I'm told. So, isn't it time to have focus stacking in LR? I have no desire to stuff around with two photographic apps. So let's make a noise to get focus stacking into LR proper!

Regards,

Bob

Single Shot, 120mm f5.6

Focus Stacking of 150 shots, 120mm f5/6

PS: Note, I've amended my comments above from earlier today.
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Rafael Jeffman

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Enhance Lightroom Photo Merge with more options..

Now that we have a whole menu for "Photo Merge" in Lightroom (CC/6), some more options could be available for merging photos.

For example, Focus Stacking for macro photos, or "Star Stacking" (image alignment and merge with median filter) for astrophotography would be very useful to have, and it seems that most (if not all) of the machinery is already available in Lightroom.

Also, object removal through image stacking seems to be possible with current existing filters.
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It was remiss of me not to give credit where credit is due. The photos I posted above came from the Olympus site http://cameras.olympus.com/stack/en-au/
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The only thing I miss in LR6 is focus stacking. I would like to see Adobe implement it in the future. This is useful for both macro photography and landscape photography. It would be a natural extension of the current "Photo Merge" feature.
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This is my top request for Lightroom and seems a natural progression to HDR and panoramic merging added with Lr6
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As a long time LR user this is also my top request.  I'm with the prior poster, HDR and panoramic merging were at the time of the last release my most desired features - well done Adobe.  Keep on a roll and add focus stacking in a RAW workspace please!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Focus Stacking in LR.

Focus stacking in LR and DNG, please
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Totally agree, however, I'm not sure if it is even physically possible in raw but I hope I'm wrong.
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It is possible, since DNG is (most often) a RAW file after demosaic. It is somewhat similar to Panorama and HDR.
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Why on earth focus stacking isn't in LR baffles me. It's the only feature LR 6 is missing that I need.
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I've wanted to do this for so long. No reason not to have it in "photo merge" when HDR and panorama exist. Focus stacked HDR DNGs would be AWESOME! It's not just for macro, many landscape photos require it when shooting close to a subject and using the sharpest aperture. It would also be great if you could replace moving objects like people and vehicles. Third, it could be used to combine star trail shots into DNGs.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom focus stacking.

With more cameras including option to automatically stack focus it would nice to be able to preform this stack directly within LR and not need to round trip to PS. Especially if it could create a DNG similar to pano and HDR options.
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If it worked inside of LR as a DNG, and was reliable, this would be very very nice