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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Awesome Helicon Software

Helicon Focus software is awesome. It allows you to take several exposures at different planes of focus and then combine them to make a picture that is in focus from front to back. The camera has to be on tripod though. The top image is at ƒ/11 (MicroNikkor 60mm), and the bottom one is combined from eight separate exposures. (Click on pictures for a larger view.)

I had not imagined what we can do in software. (Helicon focus is available for a free thirty-day trial and costs $155 to purchase.)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention that this is SHAREWARE, not a $200 PS addon.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is great. It really works amazingly well. Both my brother and I have tried it.
There are certain situations where there is no other solution to a depth of field problem.
And it only costs $30 for one year!

12:15 PM  
Blogger Motto! said...

Or... you could stop down since you're already on a tripod...

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This goes FAR beyond what you can accomplish by stopping down (or by Scheimpflug). The closest equivalent is a pinhole lens, but Helicon gives sharper results. Try it (free trial) if you don't understand or believe it.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous 01af said...

This technique is not new. Freaks are doing this manually for years already. However, applying this technique by hand (or by 'mis-using' panorama software) is a tedious thing. The Helicon software---which is not new BTW---just makes it a lot easier.

See these websites (not mine; please restore wrapped lines):



Here you can find a software that does just the opposite (reduce depth-of-field; again not mine):

11:40 AM  
Blogger TBG said...

Combine-Z does the same for free.

11:42 AM  

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