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IanB
11th September 2015, 03:56 AM
Firstly; do we need helicon pro ($200) or will light do ($115)? Difference?
Maybe just the 12mth $30 licence (??)

Secondly; should we just get CC and use that for stacking? Don't really need CC for much else atm :confused:

Yours thoughts would be appreciated

Do we ever get to a stage of no more programs needed? :(

Petrochemist
11th September 2015, 07:28 AM
Personally I find the free Combine ZP works fine for me. (I preferred the name of the old version Combine ZM - it reads almost as 'combines them' which is just what it does!)

mstphoto
11th September 2015, 08:53 AM
I find that the Focus Stacking in CC works well
If you already have a CC account it could be worth trying first.

Haven't tried Combine ZP but ZM worked well ;)

Naughty Nigel
11th September 2015, 10:42 AM
You can at least try CC free for 30 days with no limitations on use.

alfbranch
11th September 2015, 12:17 PM
What are you stacking?
How much do intend to do?

Photoshop works but Zerene stacker is better http://zerenesystems.com/cms/stacker

Rawcoll
11th September 2015, 02:24 PM
+1 for Zerene. I've trialed this software and found it worked very well. Never got around to buying it though, but it isn't expensive.

I posted here about my results over a year ago now, see http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=31387&highlight=zerene

Cheers
Ian

IanB
11th September 2015, 11:22 PM
+1 for Zerene. I've trialed this software and found it worked very well. Never got around to buying it though, but it isn't expensive.

I posted here about my results over a year ago now, see http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=31387&highlight=zerene

Cheers
Ian

Stunning photo of a stunning flower Ian; thanks for the link.

From that thread
Thanks Brian. Yes, the red channel does seem vulnerable to saturation, even though it is not necessarily obvious from the live histogram. I kept the exposure well down from the top end for this pic.I often feel the need to cut the saturation via the [lr] colour channels of red and yellow colour

Thanks for your thoughts Alf. I will have a look at Zerene

I recieved this comment on another forum "Apparently hugin/enfuse can also do it. It looks a little more difficult, but it's free/open. There's a few tutorials [URL="http://blog.patdavid.net/2013/01/focus-stacking-macro-photos-enfuse.html"]floating about"

Now it's getting damn confusing again *cry :)

Anyone used the adobe CC stacker?

Rawcoll
12th September 2015, 07:46 AM
Thanks Ian.

Peter Hartland has done some lovely focus stacking using Adobe CC (see for example the thread http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=31346&highlight=focus+stacking ). Personally, I've not tried Adobe stacking.

In fact, a search for "focus stacking" will bring up a host of threads, as I'm sure you've already discovered. More confusion no doubt!

Ian