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Focus Stacking with Helicon Focus.

A brief look at Focus Stacking using the Helicon Focus software for Windows, with the subject to be focus stacked a stick of old computer Random Access Memory (RAM).

You can find the software at; http://trav.to/mcj76

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Depth of field (DOF) is a common challenge in high magnification or macro photography. The greater an object is magnified the more shallow the depth of field becomes, and when trying to resolve a significant amount of information this becomes problematic.

Thankfully software has evolved to try and counter this, through a technique known as focus stacking. This technique basically involves taking lots of photos of an object, but with a different peice on focus on each photo, all of the photos are then combined to form one sharp, in focus image getting around the depth of field issues.

There are a number of programs that perform this function including;

  • Photoshop CC
  • Zerene Stacker
  • Helicon Focus + Remote

Whilst I initially started using photoshop, I quickly found that stacking sometimes was less than optimal and quickly moved to Helicon Focus. I did look at Zerene stacker but for me I decided that Helicon Focus was the better option, but that is really just personal preference.

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