Handheld stacking in Helicon software?

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Handheld stacking in Helicon software?

Post by Bcald7 »

I like using Helicon software. I can't get good results with handheld stacks. Especially when the frames are misaligned quite a bit. Photoshop auto-align works pretty great but I can't figure out how to align them in PS and send the aligned layers to Helicon.

Is there a way to get Helicon to align as well as PS?

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Post by Bcald7 »

OK, sorry. I didn’t realize nobody here used Helicon software.

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Post by Smokedaddy »

No reason to be sorry, lots of people use Helicon here, including me. I was just letting you know they have a forum. I don't know the answer to your question and thought the link might help. I've never done any hand held stacking.

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Post by zed »

Regardless of the stacking software that you are using - you are likely to get unpredictable results without a tripod or some other stabilization platform. Reliable stacking requires axial stability more than lateral stability - so if your images are shifting right/left/up/down then they are likely shifting unpredictably in the focus dimension as well.

But - to answer your PS question about Layers:

If you use Auto-align in PS to align laterally, you can export these images to individual files using File->Export->Layers to Files. Then you can import these files to Helicon to stack.

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Post by Smokedaddy »

FYI, I have Don Komarechka snowflake book (AKA = donkom here) and he only does hand held macro shooting. His snowflake images are very impressive.

https://skycrystals.ca/product/sky-crys ... akes-book/

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... also IF you use Photoshop, got to Youtube and look up auto align layers. There might be others besides this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_MAN08qgKk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOYpq-f0yxg

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