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When creating high-resolution, close-up images of small objects, getting the whole object fully focused at once can be a problem. To overcome this, photomacrography uses focus-stacking: several photographs of an object are taken at different focus distances and then stacked together. This results in a sharper, clearer image.



2017 Wellcome Image Award winner: Hawaiian bobtail squid
Credit: Mark R Smith, Macroscopic Solutions



2016 Wellcome Image Award winner: Swallowtail butterfly
Credit: Daniel Saftner, Macroscopic Solutions