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Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

I've just downloaded a trial version of Helicon Focus Stacking with a view to using it to extend DOF in landscapes. Here's my first attempt, which seems encouraging even though I haven't yet got to grips with some of the adjustments in the program. Two shots used, one focused on the foreground buttercups and the second focused on the tree in the background.

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Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

John, you're experienced enough to know better. You're supposed to shoot FF and stop down to minimum aperture for every shot.
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Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

Looks promising. I tried this method with Photoshop a while back, if you remember, but that tended to also give a slight HDR effect, which this doesn't.
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Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

Interesting, looks good.
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John, you're experienced enough to know better. You're supposed to shoot FF and stop down to minimum aperture for every shot.
Yes, no excuses - that's why my pictures are all pretentious rubbish, in the words of my harshest critic.
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Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

I must have missed the pretendersing garbage review. Still, you should be thick skinned enough to survive after dealing with editors for years.
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I must have missed the pretendersing garbage review. Still, you should be thick skinned enough to survive after dealing with editors for years.
Just a comment my daughter made a few days ago about my work in general. She may have a point; I recently submitted an article to Outdoor Photography, the first for a long time - and it was rejected.
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Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

Looks very good, John - I remember we were discussing this yesterday. How much is the full version of the software? Did you only use two donor shots?

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Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

Maybe the editor checked the EXIF and rejected them because they weren't FF and at minimum aperture.
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Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

And the white balance hadn't been adjusted in the histogram.
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Yes, I forgot that detail Stephen.
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Looks very good, John - I remember we were discussing this yesterday. How much is the full version of the software? Did you only use two donor shots?

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Just two donor shots, one focused on foreground buttercups the other on background tree. Obviously I may wish to use more shots if I get serious about using the software. Price is $30 a year or $115 unlimited licence.
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Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

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Re: Helicon Focus Stacking for Landscapes

On a more serious note, given the angle of view of a lens can change at different focusing distances I wonder if the software has to compensate for that?
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On a more serious note, given the angle of view of a lens can change at different focusing distances I wonder if the software has to compensate for that?
That's a good point and I don't know the answer yet.
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