April 6th, 2017
Thanks so much for your Enfuse for real estate piece. Out of all the books and tutorials I have endlessly pored over, your method works the best, and makes the most sense. I have been trying to perfect my balancing highlight and shadows technique for what seems like forever. I am getting closer, thanks to you. My question is what part of the room are you metering to get your initial exposure to start your brackets? I use Nikon gear and if I have selected Matrix metering along with my D3 and Tokina 17-35mm the bright window really gets all the attention and throws all the brackets off because of its brightness. I am thinking I should spot meter an area somewhere in the scene that is fairly neutral, and then in live view start reading my histogram for proper shadow and highlights at either end for a nice exposure blend.
I believe Lance is referring to this post from a couple of years ago. There is also a lot of good advice about shooting brackets in the comments from readers. There are many approaches to shooting brackets that work well.
The key to this method is that you use the histogram in LiveView to make sure you capture the whole brightness range of the room. The post describing this technique is a short summary of the technique that Simon Maxwell describes in detail in his e-book and video series.