As a 'learning' macro shooter I constantly come across the DOF problems with my subjects. I'm fully conversant with the affect of aperture and camera to subject distance with respect to DOF but there are times when I just want more DOF.
One of the options available is to increase camera to subject distance (increasing DOF) and then to crop to achieve equivalent subject/frame ratio. The obvious concern here is that you gain DOF at the cost of pixels.
I intend to undertake some tests doing this to try and determine if the image quality loss with my rig is acceptable but would be interested to hear others views on this. Is it something generally done by macro shooters ?
I fully understand that such options as stacking and using a camera with a higher pixel count will help.