August 8th, 2016
Peggy asked the following question:
I have just recently purchased the book on Enfuse and Hand Blending in Lightroom. Lots of good information in here for persons new to RE photography. My only question is, for those of you who use the Enfuse Plugin, do you do your white balance on each shot before Enfuse as the author does, or do you wait to white balance post-Enfuse images? I have been doing it post merge prior to reading this. I am not finding thus far that it makes a large enough difference vs the time savings by doing it only once.
Either way will work. If you do it pre-Enfuse you should adjust one of the brackets and then Sync the adjustment to all brackets. I posed your question to Simon and here is his answer:
It sounds like the main appeal of applying the white balance adjustment to the TIFFs and not the RAWs is the saving in time, i.e. one white balance adjustment to the enfused TIFF versus adjustments to each of the RAW file brackets which go to make up the enfused result. I totally agree with you, Larry, that there is more colour and tonal information to work with as it were in the RAW file and therefore white balance correction is more effective when applied to the RAW. The time saving could easily be matched, if not improved, by establishing a general white balance for all similar shots (e.g. interiors for a shoot versus exteriors) pre-blend and then syncing that adjustment from the sample file to all the others. This would ensure that all RAW brackets were taken in to enfuse from a common starting point, important if auto white balance has been used in shooting leading to different WB settings for some files. Again, by using the sync command, minor adjustments could then be made to all similar TIFFs afterwards. In general I feel it is better to make as many adjustments to the RAWs first rather than the TIFFs, unless working in 16 bit, and that includes tonal adjustments as well as white balance corrections or colour channel tuning.