Helicon Focus is a program that creates one completely focused image from several partially focused images by combining the images (you can use an unlimited amount of images) into one focused image. The program is designed for micro photography and hyper focal landscape photography to cope with the shallow depth-of-field problem. Helicon Focus also aligns images as objects often change their size and position from shot to shot. This function is especially important for macro photography. There are two versions, lite & pro. I have only used the light version. I am very impressed on how easy the software is to use. SOFTWARE can be downloaded right off the web site www.heliconfocus.com

Not all images will lend themselves for Helicon Focus. You have to predetermine if you want to use this program before making your image in the field. Any movement at all will ruin the otherwise great results. Using Helicon Focus requires that:

1) The subject must have NO movement.
2) You must use a good steady tripod with a cable release (Mirror lock up if you have it)
3) Do not change the exposure or composition
4) The only adjustments you make it to the focal points with
each image
The new version of HF allows the use of RAW files.

This image was shot last night in my front yard. It was made from 4 images combined to allow for a great amount of DOF. It was too dark to shoot higher than F22 so I shot 4 images at F8 at about a 25th if a sec.

 Try it out… it a great photo graphical aid.



3 thoughts on “HELICON FOCUS”

  1. So that’s what helicon focus is, I will definitely have to check into it, beautiful image Jack. How has the blogging experience been for you, I have really been enjoying mine.
    I see where you have got a date to move, I know you will enjoy going back, I am happy for you. Talk to you later.

  2. Bernie,
    Definitely check out the HF software. It’s not for every image but definitely helps on many. Yes, we are outta here on 7/15 and are quite excited about moving west. It’s a small world and the Internet makes it even smaller.

    Thanks for your comments, as always.

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