Helicon Focus is a program for focus stacking. Focus stacking is a post-processing technique that enables you to extend the depth of field beyond what is available in one shot. First take several shots of the same scene; then let the program blend them together into one image with an extended depth of field. For each shot, you focus your lens on a different part of the object. The resulting series of photographs is called a “stack,” and the process of merging them into one image is called “focus stacking.” Ream more on Helicon Focus here.
In this post I’m putting the Helicon Focus to the test, using a Mac Book Pro with the Nikon D800 and the Nikon 55mm f/2.8 MF lens.
I took around 30 images to create this photo:
1. I wanted to test the software reliability with 30 images at 36 mp.
2. I was’t sure of the outcome so I took lots of images.
I was amazed – to be honest – when the image popped out on the screen, it was clear and sharp (the image above is not cropped).
The Helicon Focus lite software is for only 30$ per year (by the time I wrote this post), this is an affordable price for such quality. And sure I will be using this software in my future macro images.
A note to be added is that it is not to be used for flower photography in the field as the wind will work against you there. ideal for product photography.
I’ll update this post with more images later.