A New Video Tutorial On Enfuse Processing By Simon Maxwell

May 26th, 2013

EnfuseTutorialEnfuse processing is very widely used in interior real estate work these days (about half of all real estate photographers). Enfuse refers to Exposure Fusion which is an alternative bracketing processing technique to HDR. The most popular implementations of Exposure Fusion are LR/Enfuse and Photomatix (sometimes referred to as blending).

Because LR/Enfuse and Photomatix both have Lightroom plugins, Lightroom is a very handy way to process your bracketed shots.  On his SiMax Channel Simon shows the basic processing in this previous video and in this video Simon shows you how to decide which brackets to process and then how to some final touch up to the Enfused result in Lightroom.

Of course Simon does not explain how to get the set of bracketed photos that he’s using and I know that question will come up so here are some of popular ways of shooting brackets:

  1. Use the Auto Exposure Bracketing feature that most DSLRs have built-in. Almost every DSLR will do 3 brackets separated by 2 stops, but some DSLRs have more flexible settings. Here’s one of the best summaries I’ve seen on this subject.
  2. Use a Promote controller.
  3. Use the Michael Freeman method.
  4. Use a CamRanger.
  5. I’m sure there are more options – feel free to explain your favorite.

Stay tuned to the SiMax Channel for an up coming video on mixing flash with Enfuse processing.

Update May 27: Simon just pointed out that he’s added another tutorial that describes how he uses the colour labelling feature in Lightroom to track where he is in post processing a shoot.

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5 Responses to “A New Video Tutorial On Enfuse Processing By Simon Maxwell”

  • I recently purchased a Sony Alpha a57 camera that not only does six frames it does in camera HDR processing and it produces a very nice wide range image without the HDR look. Plus it has a superb adjustable LCD screen and a built in level for both horizontal and vertical images. Depending on the lens used it can also correct for lens distortions and color fringes in camera.

    Have I told you I love this camera?

  • Great Tutorial!

  • How does Enfuse compare to Photomatix Pro?

  • @Chuck – Of course Photomatix Pro has two different processing options: 1) Enfuse (or what HDRsoft has called “blending” for a long time) and 2) HDR tone mapping. The processing that LR/Enfuse uses that Simon explains is effectively the same (technically called Exposure Fusion) as the Enfuse processing in Photomatix. LR/Enfuse uses the open source Enfuse code and just provides an interface to the open source code.

  • Thanks Larry.

    I tried HDR a few years ago with mixed results, I tried it again more recently and still didn’t get the look I was hoping for with Photomatix Pro so I was hoping Enfuse would somehow be better.

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