Helicon Focus and Focus Stacking. The digital revolution of the last few years made professional photo hardware widely available and affordable. Now it’s the advanced technology that makes the difference.
Plain single shots are bit by bit giving place to improved and more sophisticated technologies like HDR and EDoF.
Today it’s hard to imagine macro or micro photography without focus stacking technique. Professional photographers and enthusiasts seeking to keep up with the trend take advantage of focus stacking to create eye-catching images. With focus stacking software you can make your usual camera render results that could not be achieved even with a classic tilt-shift lens. Take several shots at different focus distances instead of just one, and Helicon Focus will quickly and smartly combine the stack into a fully focused image.
Nowadays micro photography, close-ups, jewelry and product photography became truly dependent on focus stacking. But it does not matter what you shoot – landscapes or flowers, animals or still-life – Helicon Focus will make your images stand out. Watch the tutorials, read the articles and impress your colleagues and friends with your new photo achievements!
Accurate rendition of colors
Processing of images with 16 bit precision preserves all the hues and details, exceeding dynamic range of camera sensors.
Color profiles support enables accurate color reproduction and correct keeping of color information in the output file.
Efficient and easy RAW development
Handling RAW files have never been easier!
Open RAW files in Helicon Focus or export them from Lightroom. Fully adjustable development controls, built-in and manufacturer’s codecs will satisfy even the most demanding user.
State-of-the-art processing algorithms
Helicon Focus became a de facto standard in focus stacking. Elaborate computing algorithms are standing behind each processed stack. Unique team of R&D engineers and software developers is constantly on the forefront of innovations and is always inspired to attempt the impossible.
Advanced interpolation options
Helicon Focus uses the most advanced resampling algorithms to preserve every detail.
Helicon Focus keeps pace with all modern advances, exploiting the capacity of the last-gen processors to the utmost. The software utilizes all cores for image processing, allowing to cut down the rendering time.
Stack length is no more a limit
Even long stacks of hundreds of high-resolution images are not a problem for Helicon Focus. With this software even a usual laptop in the field will be able to handle huge stacks of RAW files.
64 bit support
Got a top notch work station? Helicon Focus will use 100% of its memory and processor power!
Getting the maximum of your processor
Helicon Focus automatically detects the processor type and all available features of modern processors. All the data manipulations are managed with modern processor instructions (SSE, SSE2, AVX, FMA3).
With this feature of Helicon Focus you can process RAW files in native color space and save result as DNG file.
With Helicon Focus you get truly unique retouching brushes just at your fingertips. Once the stacking’s over, finish the result with retouching tools that no usual image editor has. No trivial solutions – only focus stacking specials. Copy areas from aligned source images or combine areas from several outputs – with Helicon Focus you get enhanced retouching capacity with streamlined interface.
If you are the one who likes everything to look perfect, use a special grid to do the fine and precise retouching of the 100% scale high-resolution image. Go cell by cell not to miss a thing.
Make everyone understand how small the subject you shot is – add a scale bar to the resulting image.
Split and enqueue stacks
Give an unlimited number of tasks to Helicon Focus at once, and leave it to deal with all of them. Shoot as many stacks as you wish, open the whole folder for Helicon Focus to split it into stacks and put them in queue for further rendering.
Streamline your workflow by calling Helicon Focus from other applications. Pass the parameters via command line and let the software do the job.
Smooth integration with Lightroom
Don’t change your usual image processing environment – export stacks to Helicon Focus right from Lightroom.
Helicon Focus plug-in enables seamless interaction between the two programs, making your usual workflow perfectly optimized.
Helicon 3d Viewer
Export the stacking result to Helicon 3d Viewer, and advanced computing algorithms will exactly reconstruct the natural 3D view of the shot subject. Easy to add on the Web and share with colleagues and community, 3D visualization gives a completely realistic view. Adjust the relief type and the viewpoint, add light source and save the 3D model rotation video in a fraction of a minute.
Creating a micropanorama
Shoot several images with your microscope or DSLR and Helicon Focus will seamlessly stitch them into a perfectly merged panorama image. Adjust the main controls and this software will align the images and match the pattern automatically.