Archive for the 'Exposure Fusion' Category

Image Sharpening for Real Estate Photography

July 25th, 2018

Last week, I had a conversation with Rozelle in South Africa about why her photos were not as sharp as some of her local competitors. She was ready to get a new camera and lens but after some discussion about her workflow, it turned out she was bracketing but not being diligent about ensuring the […]

LR/Enfuse and Photomatix Fusion Speed Comparison

November 16th, 2017

Eric in Florida says: I am starting to use LR/Enfuse more often. I normally use Photomatix, because it processes much faster than LR/Enfuse. I am using LR/Enfuse at the default settings. I was wondering if there are any other settings you might recommend that make LR/Enfuse process faster. Since Simon Maxwell is the expert on […]

What Is the Best Way to Control White Balance When Shooting HDR or Enfuse?

August 22nd, 2017

Charlie in Illinois asks: I bracket my photos and the white balance of the merged pictures is rarely accurate. I currently don’t change the white balance of the RAW files in Lightroom before exporting to Photomatix. Should I? Since each bracketed photo can have a different white balance, I wonder if that’s the reason my […]

How to Keep Windows from Being Too Bright When Using LR/Enfuse

February 1st, 2017

Keri in KS asked: I shoot 3 brackets with a Canon 5DMkIII and process them with LR/Enfuse but when I shoot towards bright windows the windows turn out too bright even though I expose for the darks inside the windows. I also get some color casts. What can I do to fix these problems? The […]

Enfuse Video Class Now Updated to Cover Blending of Flash and Ambient in Photoshop

January 29th, 2017

Simon Maxwell and I are proud to announce that we have updated the Enfuse Video Class to cover more than just LR/Enfuse. Simon has created 11 new videos that go into the details of blending multiple frames in Photoshop. These 11 new videos cover the same material that was added to the Enfuse and Hand Blending […]

What is The Preferred Way of lighting Rooms Without Windows?

October 9th, 2016

Vida in Kranj, Slovenia asks: What is your preferred way of lighting rooms without windows? Having elaborate lighting to mimic windows is often impossible due to small spaces and also misleading. Rooms with one strong light overhead are lighted terribly with ugly shadows and colors. Using bounced flash is often flat and just not soft […]

How Do You Control Wonky Color Casts From LR/Enfuse?

July 11th, 2016

Andy recently asked the following question about using the LR/Enfuse process: Am finding still results from Nikon FX cameras using Enfuse a little wonky on the color casts. I’m wondering if you have suggestions of how to address this issue? A colleague shoots Canon and gets better color rendering using LR/Enfuse. I’ve never used a […]

The Second Edition Of Simon Maxwell’s Enfuse E-book Is Now Available

June 28th, 2016

I’m proud to announce that Simon Maxwell and I have finished the Second Edition of Simon’s e-book that used to be called Enfuse For Real Estate Photography and is now called Enfuse and Hand Blending In Photoshop For Real Estate Photography. We changed the name of the e-book slightly because Simon has added four chapters on the […]

Some Background About Enfuse and Exposure Fusion

March 3rd, 2015

The discussion and comments on Monday’s Enfuse video series announcement brought up some understandable confusion around the terms Enfuse and Exposure Fusion. The two terms actually mean the same thing. Exposure Fusion was first described in a 2007 paper by Tom Mertens, Jan Kautz and Frank Van Reeth. The most significant point about Exposure Fusion is that it […]

Announcing The Enfuse For Real Estate Photography Video Series

March 1st, 2015

Simon Maxwell and I are pleased to announce the release of Simon’s new video series entitled Enfuse For Real Estate Photography. Click here or on the image to the right to watch Simon’s introduction to the video series. We have created a new website ( just for the purpose of delivering this streaming video series.  So […]

Simon Maxwell Explains Enfuse or Exposure Fusion

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 […]

Bracketing With Flash For Exposure Fusion and HDR – Revisited

January 27th, 2014

I think it is time to revisit the subject of the hybrid flash/bracketing. I’ve talked to people recently that seemed offended when I pointed out that adding a single manual flash to their bracket shooting could improve the quality of their results. We’ve talked about this several times on the blog since the summer of […]

Photomatix 5.0 Released – What’s New?

November 27th, 2013

HDRsoft Recently release a new version of Photomatix. This software is very popular with real estate photographers. So what’s new? Here’s a condensed list: New Tone Mapping method named Contrast Optimizer. It gives realistic looking results, while preserving details in shadows and highlights. New Fusion method intended for real estate photographers. It is designed to […]

Using Exposure Fusion With Flash For Real Estate Photography

October 13th, 2013

Simon Maxwell, our man in London has just uploaded a new video tutorial to his YouTube Channel… I love saying, “our man in London”! In this video, Simon illustrates what adding some simple fill flash while shooting you brackets for Exposure Fusion can do for you. I’d like to add that adding fill flash to […]

Why Bother With Photomatix or LR/Enfuse For Real Estate Interior Photos?

September 22nd, 2013

Let me start by confessing that I shoot brackets very seldom because I like Scott Hargis’s small flash technique and I don’t like some of the side effects of bracket processing like the soft look, color shifts and being forced to deal with only existing light. I know from doing polls that some where around […]