Friday, September 29, 2006

Increasing depth of field in closeup photos

My dad recently sent me a link to Helicon Focus, a shareware (free for 30 days, $70/year after that) program that can drastically increase the depth of field in closeup photographs. The program works by combining multiple images of the same subject into one image; the Helicon Focus website has some sample photographs, all of which are extremely snazzy (especially the fly).

I've love to use this technique to take closeup pictures of the insect and lichen specimens I've collected during my past two summers' field courses. All I need to do is figure out how to mount my digital camera on one of our dissecting scopes, and I think I'll have a new hobby.

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