I’ve never been a huge fan of HDR photos until recently. Most of the shots I’ve seen tend to be over saturated and have an almost surreal feel to them. Recent advances in software has made it easier to produce photo realistic HDR images as long as you have the right tools in your photographic tool belt.
My goal this year is to become Winnipeg’s Best HDR Photographer. I want to be able to produce and record HDR images in record time. The Enfuse HDR plugin will hopefully be the tool that will help me with that task.
A VERY talented photographer and friend had recommend that I get this software. I was completely blown away on how much better it was than the Photoshop HDR software.
The only thing I have found that it doesn’t very well (at all) is remove ghosting in certain situations. An example of a situation it isn’t good at is ceiling fans. In my testing Photoshop’s HDR had no issues with moving ceiling fans. PLease keep this in mind when using the plugin.
How to download and install the Lightroom Enfuse HDR Plugin:
You will need to go to this link first:
There is a bunch of info but the main parts of the page you will need are the two parts I’ve highlighted in red.
Enfuse is DONATION software. You can donate one cent or you can donate $100. The software is pretty awesome so I would recommend nothing less than $10. If you click the Download button you will download the “trial” version. You will need this software so you might as well download right away while you are setting up the donation.
Next enter your donation amount and hit donate. The donate button will turn into a paypal icon. This will start the typical paypal payment system you see on many internet websites.
Once you have submitted the payment you should receive an email with a Software key to enable all features of Enfuse. It took me around 10 minutes to receive the email once I payed for the software.
By this time the download you started before should be downloaded. It came in a zip file. I recommend saving the contests of the zip file to your Adobe Lightroom program folder like so:
NOTE!! – Make sure to write down the location. You will need to know the exact path later on
Now you will need to import the plugin using the plugin manager within Lightroom. The shortcut key is: CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+,
This will open the lightroom plugin window. Click add button near the bottom left of the screen. A new window will open. Make sure to point the directory location to where you saved the plugin earlier. Press the “select folder” button on the bottom
You will see that it is now installed in the Lightroom Plugin Manager. You will need to enter the registration code in the first box. It’s also recommended that you click “Check for updates now”.
Once you have it install you can use the plugin by selecting 2 or more images and clicking on: File – Plug-in Extras – Blend Exposure using LR/Enfuse…