Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Merging photo stacks with Helicon, part of Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up.
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In the last movie, you saw me merge my bee stack with Adobe Photoshop. This time, I am…going to use Helicon Focus.…I'd like you to see the difference between both.…Helicon is very reasonably priced.…If you do a lot of focus stacking, it's something you may want to consider, because it can sometimes…work a lot faster than Photoshop. It very typically can handle a large data set more…easily than Photoshop can to break things into batches, and do as many intermediate steps.…And also, it can run a little more unattended. You start it up, and you just let it go.…
With Photoshop, you've got these three different steps that can each take some time.…So, I'm going to go ahead, and just merge my RAW files, so that you can see the final, finished image there.…I am going to switch over to Helicon Focus.…It's a pretty simple interface. I want to start by choosing some Source Images. So, I…am going to hit the plus (+) button, and I am going to just navigate to my RAW files,…and select them all, and hit Open, and you are going to see them come pouring in.…
After touring the possibilities of macro photography, the course details essential gear at several price levels, including lenses, flashes, and other accessories. Next, Ben explores the special challenges of macro photography: dealing with moving subjects, working with extremely shallow depth of field, focusing, lighting, and more.
The course also explores advanced close-up tools and post-processing techniques, such as using Adobe Photoshop to "stack" multiple shots to yield wider depth of field than a single shot can convey.
- What is a macro photograph?
- What is a macro lens?
- Finding good subject matter
- Evaluating macro gear like extension tubes and tilt-shift lenses
- Composing and framing shots
- Exploring depth of field
- Lighting macro shots
- Working with light tables
- Editing macro shots