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 Posted: Tue May 4th, 2010 08:17 am
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Focus enhancing Software

What its all about on my blog

http://rjrmodels.blogspot.com/2010/05/helicon-focus-phototrickery.html

Amazing software !

John

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 Posted: Tue May 4th, 2010 09:22 am
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Years ago John,, the story was - " the camera never lies" - Now it is " The camera never tell the truth !"

I suppose if the resultant photo replicates what the yes see automatically, am OK with that but when software is used to give a false image, then , no, I am not than keen on it.
Each to his/her own.

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 Posted: Tue May 4th, 2010 12:57 pm
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You have a fair point, but in this case I think the software enhancement is only bringing the picture more in line with human eyes. If I put my eye where the camera is everything is in focus.

More of an issue is probably my "loosing" the joint lines on the sky with my regular software, as this is enhancing weaknesses in the modelling not the camera. Which ever way you look at it there is an interesting discussion that could be had?

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Digital images and manipulation seem here to stay. The ability to alter a captured image has also been with us for longer than some might realise as witness the tinting of monochrome photos from as long ago as the early 20th Century.

I believe there are uses and applications for this sort of thing but it should never be used to pass off second-rate photography as better than the original. It is still necessary to master some basic techniques to capture quality images.

Once that has been done we may play around with software, some of which can now do pretty amazing things, to our heart's content. Always with the proviso that, as numerous publications now require, we disclose any modifications made before placing the altered image into the public domain as our own work.

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Would it be a good idea at our show, to have a model railway photography seminar and mention this in any promotion blurb to encourage attendance?



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I had asked Chris Nevard if he was coming and could do just that. Unfortunately he'll be away on holiday, somewhere in the Med., whilst the show is on and his wife won't let him come back for a few days :exclam:exclam

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Still playing with the software.  10 images focus stacked.



It's lost a little detail in the upload, but it's equally fuzzy across the board.



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I see what you mean Max. It really doesn't look bad though.

After what you have been through, is it worth the time involved or the effort, in your mind?

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Thanks, Wayne.  Actually taking the photos and running them through the software isn't too bad - and I've learned something new, which is a good thing.

I might see if I can sharpen it a bit in Photoshop to offset the loss in the upload.



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