clearly Paul the author has not used any of these products! the bonsai test he set up is very simplistic and doesnt represent real life focus blending applications that many people use. FS is a complex process and many such as photoshop produce artifacts. the best ive used is helicon but this needs a lot of sdjustment of parameters to get clean accurate results. dont expect to be able to FS any set of shots for blending. in many cases it just doest work.
I have just started playing around with Open camera on my android phone to take the focus stack images then process it in Affinity photo since I got it on sale. Worked well on my first attempt with a tripod. Tried without tripod to see if I could get away with it but was not good. Open camera is free which is great but I will probably make a donation if I start using it a lot.
I had already heard of Helicon Focus many years ago but for some reason dismissed it. After Alex Armitage mentioned it again in a comment under my handheld focus stacking article I had to give it a try. Very conveniently, Helicon Focus offers a 30 day trial with full functionality. I downloaded and installed it, fed a complex woodland stack into Helicon's Lightroom Plugin, and in a breeze stacked and retouched my first photo with it.
The free-to-use web app gives you over 100 styles to apply. And it lets you download low-resolution JPEGs instantly. For an annual fee of $19.99, you get the mobile app and the ability to download full-resolution JPEG. Plus, you can access 500+ premium filters!
I downloaded (free) Darktable upon your last musings on photo editing software. I open it every 2 months or so, and then quickly close it as my heart starts racing at the very thought of actually trying to learn it. My old analog cappuccino maker died last week, I suffered enough psychic trauma familiarizing myself with the shiny new upgrade this weekend...
Mike, you should check out Lightroom Classic. It is not cloud based and is the latest version of Lightroom that most of us have been using for years. Adobe has succeeded in confusing everyone--->by now calling the cloud based version, Lightroom CC. The version I'm using is now called Lightroom Classic. It integrates perfectly with Photoshop. Lightroom Classic and Photoshop CC bundled together are available by subscription from Adobe for $10 per month. The good thing about the subscription model is you get the latest updates for these applications as they become available. You also get the Lightroom CC mobile camera app for your smart phone. It is the overall best camera app I have for my iPhone--->shoots raw, hdr and manual. If you want it to, you can have it automatically upload the photos you take with the app to your home computer's version of Lightroom Classic as well. The cloud based version of Lightroom (Lightroom CC) comes with your monthly subscription as well. I'm also running the entire Nik Collection suite right in Lightroom Classic (I downloaded from Google a while back for free). Camera Raw has the same interface in Lightroom as it does in Photoshop.
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