Archive for the 'HDR/EF' Category

Sharpening For Real Estate Photographers

October 2nd, 2013

The last month or so I’ve gotten several requests to talk about sharpening. The first request I got I blew off because I’ve never considered sharpening to be a serious problem for real estate photography. But when I got another request about sharpening from a person I knew shot exclusively bracketed photos and did HDR […]

Flash vs HDR For Interiors And Real Estate Photography

June 24th, 2013

Mike Kelley has a nice article over at comparing HDR vs Flash for shooting interiors. Mike’s discussion of this subject is part of a classic continuing discussion (similar to the meaning of life) that goes on among photographers that shoot interiors. There is no one right answer, it’s about the results you produce. Mike’s […]

A Success Story For Manual Bracketing and Exposure Fusion

October 22nd, 2012

Eric Hilton in Sarasota, FL sent me the examples to the right shortly after my post on A Simple Way to Shoot Exactly The Right Brackets for Exposure Fusion. Eric says: Yesterday I had a shoot of a home that I was told faces east, (which the realtor never checked) and was requested to be there at […]

A Simple Way To Shoot Exactly The Right Brackets For Exposure Fusion

October 17th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago in a post on shooting brackets I referred to what I call the  Michael Freeman manual method of shooting brackets. Michael describes it in his HDR book. I think this is important for people just starting out that want to learn how to be sure to capture the whole dynamic range in a […]

How To Shoot More Than 3 Brackets?

October 3rd, 2012

The poll I did over a year ago showed that over half (54%) of real estate shooters that read this blog shoot brackets rather than shoot only with small flashes. While some very competent photographers will argue that 3 brackets is all you ever need, most bracket shooters I talk to and comment here on […]

Interesting New Bracket Processing Feature in Lightroom 4.1

June 27th, 2012

If you shoot brackets, have Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5 or CS6 you need to checkout Matt Kloskowski’s video on a cool new feature in Lightroom 4.1 over at This is indeed a killer Lightroom tip! Thanks Matt! And thanks Sonny  Epps for pointing Matt’s post out. Here is an overview of what Matt shows […]

First Look at In-camera HDR Processing From the D800E Shooting Interiors

June 11th, 2012

VJ Arizpe in Huston, TX just got his new  Nikon D800E recently and used it for several shoots today. He sent me this series of shots from two different shoots as a demonstration of what the HDR mode on the D800E produces. VJ says: “These are all WB2, HDR mode @3 stops with normal blending. These […]

Photomatix Pro 4.2 Update Released

May 1st, 2012

Yesterday announced the release of Photomatix version 4.2. The upgrade to version 4.2 is free of charge for customers who purchased a license of Photomatix Pro version 3 or higher. This is a version that’s been in beta for a while. I did a post about the new Realistic Option in batch mode in early April. […]

A Closer Look At The New Beta 3 Photomatix Fusion/Realistic Option

April 9th, 2012

Mike Yother aka Swampman pointed out to me last week that the HDRsoft site has a new 4.2 Beta 3 version of Photomatix that has what they are calling a Fusion/Realistic processing option. The beta test download page describes the feature as follows: “New fusion method called Fusion/Realistic designed to work well for real-estate type of […]

Canon 5D MkIII May Be A Game Changer For Real Estate Photography HDR Enthusiasts

March 18th, 2012

I have to admit that when the Canon 5DMKIII was first announced at the first of this month I didn’t connect with the potential of the the new bracketing features of the 5DMKIII mainly because I didn’t look at them in any depth. This video sponsored by the guys over at Chuck Westfall walks […]

What Software Do You Use for HDR or Enfuse Post-processing?

March 11th, 2012

Back when I did the polls on post-processing several readers asked me to poll everyone to see what people use for processing HDR. So here you have it. My sense (confirmed by the poll on the left) is that more people are using Exposure Fusion (not really the same as HDR, some times called blending) […]

Which DSLRs Have The Best Auto Exposure Bracketing Features?

July 27th, 2011

Last week Dave Baxter, in upstate New York, told me that he was inspired by all the talk here on the blog about Exposure Fusion and wanted to know which camera body would be the best for shooting auto exposure brackets (AEB). While I knew that the recent Nikon DSLRs would shoot 8 EV of […]

Russell Brown Talks About Natural HDR Toning With CS5 And Nik NDR Pro Plugin

July 25th, 2011

Even though Russell Brown, the long time Photoshop evangelist uses the Nik HDR Pro Plugin in this tutorial to illustrate how to move away from over saturated and super sharpened HDR images. This is very appropriate for real estate photography and I believe the workflow he uses could easily be used with Photomatix or other tone mapping […]

HDRsoft Releases Photomatix Pro Version 4.1

July 20th, 2011

Just incase you didn’t notice, last Saturday HDRsoft released version 4.1 of Photomatix Pro. Here is a list of the new features from the site: Ability to select a region on the Tone Mapping/Fusion preview and replace it with a source photo. A “Selection Mode” option on the Preview window lets users select one […]

What is Exposure Fusion?

July 8th, 2011

As a result of the post I did yesterday taking a poll on the lighting techniques that real estate photographers use, a couple of readers asked, “what is Exposure Fusion?” The short answer is: Exposure Fusion (EF) is a slightly different way to process bracketed images just like you would shoot for HDR. Exposure Fusion […]