Can photo software stop the shakes?

Like every other photographer who has shaken his/her head after capturing an image that lacks tack sharpness, I was riveted by the news that Photoshop would offer a new filter in its next upgrade that would fix blurry photos using complicated algorithms. The examples out on various blogs made it seem a dream come true.

Then last week I learned about another photo software plugin from Intelligent Imaging Solutions called Piccure. It was offering a beta version of the same  feature correcting camera shake in images. Piccure is being offered as a free download right now. I decided to give it a shot.

Tonight I began experimenting with Piccure. After a few tests, I’m wondering if this new process, called deconvolution, is nothing more than a sharpening tool, much like Photoshop’s unsharp mask. I took a test image and created two samples: one using Piccure and one using Nik Software’s Sharpener Pro 3. Take a look and see what you think.

This is the original image sharpened in Photoshop.

Here is a close-up crop of the above image.

This next photo is edited using Nik Software’s Sharpener Pro 3.

Image sharpened using Nik’s Sharpener Pro

Here is a close-up crop of the above image.

This final photo is edited using Piccure, a Photoshop plugin that is available as a free download.

Image edited using Piccture

Here is a close-up crop of the above image.

As you can see from this last close-up, there is a ghosting effect taking place alongside the presider’s hands, which is not acceptable. I will continue to experiment with Piccure, but my initial tests are not very positive. But what the heck, it’s free — and you get what you pay for. If you have tried Piccure, did you have positive results? Do you think this camera shake technology will be a game-changer?

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  • Sharpener Pro 3 looks best to me. Very natural and pleasing to the eye.