I want to play a bit with focus stacking using Photoshop CS5 to combine the images. This seems like a fun thing to do indoors while the Summer heat does its worst outside.
Although, I have noticed several references to using Photoacute for focus stacking as well as for combining images for other multi-image techniques. However I don't want to buy a program for every technique that I try. I would rather experiment using Photoshop CS-5.
There are two questions which I have regarding focus stacking:
1. Does Photoshop CS-5 have the capability to do a good job in focus stacking?
2. When shooting my multiple images for focus stacking, would focusing with the manual focus ring of the lens be best or... would it be better to use my macro rail and focus by moving the camera ever so slightly?