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
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.