Helicon Focus

December 7th, 2007

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This is an example of Synthetic Depth of Field (SDOF). Three images with bracketed focus points are combined using Helicon Focus software. There are a number of ways to combine image for extended depth of field: Helicon Focus is the simplest. Most of the research and development in SDOF is in the micro photography field, where depth of field is very shallow.
I think more cameras should include including options for bracketing focus in the same way they bracket exposure. I’m working on my handheld SDOF technique, but it’s tough to hold steady and change focus, especially with a tight macro shot.
Workflow for dealing with groups of files that will be combined into a single image is a hassle. Adobe Bridge has a cool stacking feature that I use for files that will be merged in one way or another.
This car is a Hot Wheels 1970 AMC Javlin SST; a replica of the first car I ever owned. I bought my hot rod in 1984 when I was 15 years old. It was a sweet ride with mag wheels and a big V8.

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