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    Posted: 21 May 2011 at 10:51
Just downloaded Zerene Stacker as a trial - planning to buy it - so user friendly. This opens up a whole new world in landscape photography (not to mention Macro)
 



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Show us how you get on with this!
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Yes even I would love to know how it works.
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So far have only taken a tests set with of 5-6 exposures per set - gaps in where there is no good focus - need about 10 photos - hopefully next weekend will be able to get out into the rainforest
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As with others, I'll be really interested to hear how you go on with this software
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Zerene is great.You can try also Helicon Focus also very good.

Edit: I have posted some images here stacked with CombineZP which is not so good.

Edited by Pavel - 21 May 2011 at 12:33
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@Pavel - if you have previously used Helicon Focus, can you explain your experience with it and how it is useful. Lot of us on this forum would be happy to make use of it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pavel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 May 2011 at 13:02
Originally posted by vinayn vinayn wrote:

@Pavel - if you have previously used Helicon Focus, can you explain your experience with it and how it is useful. Lot of us on this forum would be happy to make use of it.

Well I think the Helicon works the same as the Zerene software but the biggest + for me is the possibility it can use sonys ARW as a source files.
There is possibility to control the camera directly from Helicon through USB connection but I didn't manage to connect the A900 yet
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 May 2011 at 13:14
I also use Helicon Focus. The interface is logical and controls are intuitive. I prefer to stack tiff files rather than ARW, but I am careful to make any adjustments to the entire set. I have not tried Zerene, but I find Helicon easier to use that CombineZ.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote GrahamB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 May 2011 at 13:30
Here's a good article from Outdoor Photographer on controlling your depth of field. One may use the techniques of "focus slicing" (described on page 2) and auto-align in Photoshop to achieve similar results (for landscapes) to the various focus stacking programs available.

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I agree that Helicon Focus seems to be more intuitive than CombineZ (ZP). However, I found out that when the pictures have low contrast, or are too off of the alignment, Combine ZP worked better than Helicon Focus. Also, when I tried Helicon Focus, it only had one auto setting for aligning images, while Combine ZP had multiple different algorithms for both alignment and stacking. I even have a small writeup about use of Combine ZP to stack hand-held shots here on my blog. It actually worked very well. But I agree that its user interface is not as user-friendly as Helicon Focus, but to me it offered much more for free.

Did not try Zerene yet, though.
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In this topic it's the first time I heard about Zerene but have used Combine ZM with success for flower pictures. I also tried Helicon once or twice but prefer CombineZM but must say that I have not made a really in depth comparison.

An advantage, for me, is that CombineZM is very intuitive and gives good results without having to decide about different settings.

But maybe it's just that I am too lazy to find out about all the different settings and possibilities
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 May 2011 at 19:55
@Alex H: I remember reading your blog... very nice write-up. The version of HF I use (5.1.19) has two methods. The newer "B" method may work better in low contrast situations.

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Thanks Brian for Your nice words!

I will check Helicon Focus sometimes in the future - I am planning to do more stacking this winter - I will try it again with the same sets of pictures that did not work with it before.

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