Arsenal 2’s Focus Stacking feature combines multiple images set at different focus distances to produce a final image that has more depth of field than any of the component images.

Get Ready to Shoot a Focus Stack

Before shooting, always make sure that:

  • Camera is powered on

  • Arsenal2 is powered on

  • Camera is connected via USB cable to Arsenal 2’s

  • Camera is in aperture priority mode

Starting the Focus Stack

Set the Arsenal 2 app to either Smart or Manual mode. If you want Arsenal 2 to choose all of the settings, select Smart or if you prefer to control the ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and EV select Manual.

Tap the Stacking Modes icon to the left of the shutter button.

Select the middle icon for a Focus Stack.

Set the desired number of shots for the focus stack. Swipe down on the Focus Stacking settings screen when done to return to the main screen.

Switch to the Focus screen

A prerequisite to shooting a focus stack is going to the focus screen to set the near and far focusing points. The focus screen can be accessed by tapping the square focus icon in the upper right corner of the app to change from Single Point Focus to Multi-Point Focus.

Tap the Multi-Point option and select a near and far focus point in your image. The yellow square focusing icon will turn green when focus has been achieved. Arsenal 2 will control your lens to measure the distance of each focus point. It will then calculate the optimal focal position for the maximum sharpness of those points and set the lens to that distance. The formula Arsenal 2 uses is a modified version of the hyper-focal distance formula.

Once you have set the focusing points, tap the return arrow in the upper left corner of the screen to return to the main screen.

Trigger the Shot

Note: Depending on the step size between the focus points and the number of shots chosen, a message may appear recommending changing the number of shots. Dismiss the warning to continue or tap the icon with the stacking options to change the number of shots for the stack.

View and Share your Focus Stack

Once you’ve completed your stack, tap the thumbnail in the lower right corner to view the final stacked photo. To share or save the photo, tap the share icon and choose where you’d like to share or save the final photo. You can view the rest of the gallery images and the individual shots captured to create your stack by clicking on the Gallery icon in the upper right corner of this same image review screen.

To save your final stacked photos to your phone automatically, navigate to the Settings screen and click “MANAGE” under the PHOTO STORAGE section and select if you’d like to have Arsenal 2 automatically save all final stacked photos to your phone, Arsenal 2’s internal Micro SD card or both. You can also have Arsenal 2 save the individual images used to create the stack to your phone, Arsenal 2’s internal Micro SD card or both.

Please note: we recommend checking your saving options prior to shooting to ensure your stacked photos are saved to the onboard Micro SD card and/or your phone, as the stacked photos that Arsenal 2 creates are only saved to the device in temp storage until you adjust your preferences in the settings menu.

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