April 13th, 2016
Terry in Georgia who has been doing architectural photography for 20 years says:
I am an architectural photographer, and would like to break into real estate photography. When I shoot a property for an architect I might spend all day shooting 5-6 images, but with RE photography, I know time and speed are of the essence. I’ve seen RE photographers’ websites that promise 25 pictures shot and processed in one day. How is that done? I know they’re using HDR and multiple exposures, but is there a good program to use? I’ve heard Enfuse, the plug-in for Lightroom is good. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
The reason I want to get into the RE market is because I’m tired of schlepping tons of gear around. I’ve been doing this for 20 years and sometimes a girl needs a break. I still do my regular architect/designer shooting but would like to slow that down a little and supplement with the RE shooting.
Since Terry is looking to travel light to interior shoots, I pointed out Wayne Capili’s Sony A6000 kit to her. But Terry sounds like she doesn’t even want to carry small flashes.
Yes, using the LR/Enfuse plugin for Lightroom is a very workable technique. I would suggest that if you shoot brackets that you also use a single flash on one or more frame of the bracket sequence, this eliminates a lot of the undesirable artifacts that will show up in post-processing.
I also recommend that you have a look at either Simon Maxwell’s book that I publish on LR/Enfuse and or Simon’s video series on the same subject (if you subscribe to the video series Simon’s book is included).