I'm interested in focus-stacking as a way to achieve sharp, close-up images of bugs with relatively cheap equipment. My equipment:
- Canon 550D w/ 18-55mm kit lens or nifty fifty
- Cheap extension tubes with metal contacts to allow AF
- Planning to make a simple lightbox to use with desk lamp
- Magic Lantern to automate image capture between two focus points
- Lightroom 6
- Zerene Stacker
So my question: Is it better to adjust the captured images in LR before stacking, or is it better to adjust the final image after stacking?
Zerene works with TIFFs, so what I've been doing is capturing a set of (say) 10 RAW images, converting to TIFF in LR, stacking with Zerene, then editing the stacked TIFF in LR.
If it doesn't matter either way then I might do a comparison but as I'm short of time I thought I would ask to see if theres already a recommended or 'best practise' way of doing it. I've read some articles online but they either don't specify enough details of their workflow, or they don't provide an explanation as to why they edit before/after stacking. Thanks in advance!