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Old Jan 4, 2013, 12:23 PM   #11
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You've given me an idea for a challenge with your photos.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 2:58 PM   #12
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Zig, to go off topic a bit - have you compared Helicon Focus with CS6? My initial experience stacking using CS6 is that it makes occasional mistakes and its almost impossible to correct manually. Is Helicon Focus that much better that it's worth the extra cost?
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Zig, to go off topic a bit - have you compared Helicon Focus with CS6? My initial experience stacking using CS6 is that it makes occasional mistakes and its almost impossible to correct manually. Is Helicon Focus that much better that it's worth the extra cost?
You know Leslie, even though I've got CS6 and use it as my main PP program, I really have never used it's focus stacking tool.

My main reason for getting Helicon Focus was after reading a number of articles on how well it performed that function. I use it exclusively for that purpose and have yet to run into any problems.

Here is a sample image of a Yellow Day Lily that I took. It consists of 7 images
taken with the camera mounted on a tripod. The camera's position stayed static relative to the flower. I just moved the focus point in the viewfinder to those positions I thought important. The images then, were processed in Helicon Focus. Once that was done, I brought it into CS6 to do the final pp.

I sell a fair amount of floral prints so, for me, the investment was definitely worth it

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Old Jan 4, 2013, 8:17 PM   #14
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Zig 1-2-3,
Given your photographic results I'm really intrigued by the Helicon software. As others noted neat gadget and wonderful picture of it.
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 9:22 PM   #15
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Thanks for your experience. I'm thinking that it really isn't hugely expensive, compared to some other software programs. While I'll have to wait a month or two, I think I'll spring for it sooner, rather than later.
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Thanks Saly I appreciate your taking the time to respond.

And, I should tell you that whenever I take photos of a subject using a close focus, such as the vise pictured here, I take a series of 6 or seven photos with each photo having a different focus point. The files are then brought into Helicon Focus, a focus stacking software package. The results are as you see it.


An amazing piece of software that's fairly easy to use.

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Ah, OK. That is going to be my next investment (time and money) to try focus stacking. Are you happy with Helicon? Is that a stand alone or plug-in?
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Ah, OK. That is going to be my next investment (time and money) to try focus stacking. Are you happy with Helicon? Is that a stand alone or plug-in?
Hi Saly.

I'm quite pleased with the results I get & the software's performance.
There are 3 versions of Helicon Focus-all stand alone.
Here is a link to their site & pricing . They are running a 20% off special until the 15th of January

http://www.heliconsoft.com/purchase.html

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