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10-03-2020, 10:28 AM   #1
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Focus Stacking

I have a 8 yr old MacBook Pro and would like to focus stack with my K3. Which would you recommend Affinity, Zerene or Helicon Focus for my use? I also use Lightroom for processing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bscott Quote
I have a 8 yr old MacBook Pro and would like to focus stack with my K3. Which would you recommend Affinity, Zerene or Helicon Focus for my use? I also use Lightroom for processing.
I have tried focus stacking with Lightroom and LR did a nice job, but I have only tested it. Since you have LR it would be an easy test to see if your Macbook can handle it, I would think it would unless you are short memory.

This is a five image stack processed on an 2017 imac 3.4 gb processor with only 8 gigs memory

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QuoteOriginally posted by ramseybuckeye Quote
This is a five image stack
I think you have a great entry here for this month's (insect) contest!!
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I think you have a great entry here for this month's (insect) contest!!
I'll second that!

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I use Affinity or Silkypix DSP10 and find both very good. I like the manual correction tool in Affinity. Silkypix does not have such. Zerene and Helicon I have tested but didnít fid any relevant advantages there for me. My MacBook Pro is 7 years old.
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Iíve stacked a few with Affinity. I normally shoot in a 3shot bracket. Iíve combined 7 of them together, the extra two showed too much movement to align properly.


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I'll second that!
Can I third that??? One heck of an image.
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I have tried focus stacking with Lightroom and LR did a nice job, but I have only tested it.
How do you focus stack in Lightroom? I've looked and don't see where that option is.

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How do you focus stack in Lightroom? I've looked and don't see where that option is.
I believe I did this via photo merge HDR option, select the photos, go to Photo Merge under the Photo heading, the merge window will have a "create stack" checkbox. It's been over a year that I messed with that, but I'm pretty sure that's all I had to do. I know you can also send the photos to Photoshop from LR and stack as layers, I haven't tried that.
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Thanks I found the Edit in Photoshop as layers method for focus stacking and I have used the Lightroom HDR merge quite a bit but I was not aware you could do focus stacking that way as well.
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Superb image, Tom. Must be one of very few images showing a male moth atop a wingless female. Not sure of the species.
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Superb image, Tom. Must be one of very few images showing a male moth atop a wingless female. Not sure of the species.
It's a Polyphemus moth, I thought there was only one moth in this photo.
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Ah, I see it properly now. Yes, you are right.
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