This last week we've had three new post processing products that are of interest to real estate photographers announced. Since I've had an unusually busy week last week I've not had time to use any of these three products but I'm in the process of trying them out. The three products are:
HDR Expose by Unified Color
From the cursory look at this product I've had so far it looks interesting since it has a Lightroom plugin and the results I've seen so far are very realistic. Unified Color is clearly trying to compete head to head with Photomatix, which is difficult. They have a free 30 day trial and same price as Photomatix until July 31 plus both Mac and PC version.
Seems to me if you are trying to take over Photomatix domination of the market you'd want to be better than Photomatix and cost less... oh well what do I know?
This product looks fantastic! Although, being a Mac user I'm a little put off by there not being a native Mac version. But the HDR ReLight component looks so cool I may be forced to fire up my Parallels virtual machine for Windows on my Mac. Mario Restrepo in Baja was complaining to me today that this product is so fast that he doesn't have time to sip his coffee and watch football games during post processing like he does when he uses Photomatix and Tufuse.
Update to LR/Enfuse
Timothy Armes has released version 4.00 of his very popular LR/Enfuse plugin. This is a Lightroom Plugin interface to the open source Enfuse 4.o code.
This plugin can be used to blend multiple exposures of a scene in order to create an image with greater apparent dynamic range. Exposure blending (Exposure Fusion) is similar to HDR, but the results are most often far more natural.
Here are the highlights of this new version:
Trend Towards Enfuse for real estate going on
In talking to real estate photographers the last 6 months I've noticed that an amazing number of real estate photographers are moving from HDR to Enfuse and adding a bit of flash when shooting the Enfuse brackets. The motivation they give me is always reducing post processing time to get shots that look realistic. Many folks are telling me that they are frustrated with the time it takes in post to get HDR to look realistic. Of course this is not an issue with Exposure Fusion. I ran across a nice comparison of Exposure Fusion products on Wayne Grundy's blog. This is the best comparison that I've seen.
If you've tried out any of these three new post processing products let us all know what you think. I hope to give you my impressions in more detail in the near future.