October 13th, 2014
There was at least one comment on yesterdays post suggesting that some readers are not familiar with the terms Enfuse or Exposure Fusion. So I though it would be useful for some to review what those terms mean.
Enfuse processing is very widely used in real estate photography these days (about half of all real estate photographers). The name Enfuse refers to the open source software that implements the Exposure Fusion algorithm which is an alternative bracketing processing technique to HDR. Exposure Fusion is not the same as HDR which uses a completely different algorithm than Exposure fusion.
Software like LR/Enfuse and Enfuse Gui just act as user interfaces for the Enfuse software. Sometimes Exposure Fusion is referred to as blending. Although the term blending also refers to manual combining of several bracketed images in Photoshop. Yes, Photomatix has an option to process a series of images with the Exposure Fusion algorithm too so if you have the Photomatix Lightroom Plugin you can use it in a very similar way directly from Lightroom.
Because LR/Enfuse is Lightroom plugin, Lightroom is a very handy way to process your bracketed shots. In the above video tutorial, Simon runs through the logic of choosing brackets, shows the resulting Enfused image and shows how to make adjustments all in Lightroom.
Simon does not explain how to get the set of bracketed photos that he’s using so here are some of popular ways of shooting brackets:
- 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.
- Use a Promote controller.
- Use the Michael Freeman method.
- Use a CamRanger.
So there you have it, a short introduction to what Enfuse or Exposure Fusion is.