I recently discovered another great use for the Auto-Stack feature in Aperture.
I was shooting a large regional swim meet and wanted to make sure I didn’t miss any critical shots, but I could not get a second a shooter go with me to the event. So I rigged up my second camera on a tripod looking down the staring blocks and fitted it with a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L set to 24mm to allow me to get a nice wide shot of the starting blocks area and the athletes diving into the water.
The camera I was carrying was fitted with a Canon 100-400mm IS L lens (my favorite sports lens).
Then I fitted each camera with a PocketWizard Plus II and the “remote camera” (the one on the tripod) was fitted with a trigger cable from the PocketWizard to the camera.
What this arrangement allowed me to do was to get closeup shots with my hand-held camera and wider angle shots at the same time, thanks to the PocketWizard wireless remotes.
What does all this have to do with Aperture?
Well, after importing all the images from both cameras I used the Auto-Stack feature. Since both cameras were set to the same time I was able to stack the images by the time the races started… regardless of which camera took the picture, therefore allowing me to know which event each set of images was from.
This technique could also work with a second shooter as long as both of your camera’s internal clocks are synced up fairly closely.
Until next time,
Allen Rockwell Photography