Enfuse to the rescue

May 03, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

We've all had it happen. Taking a series of shots in succession using flash fill, and when you view the images, you realize that the flash was recharging during the best shot. A shot of my late mother, wife, and younger daughter featured a perfect exposure of the red rocks of Sedona, but their faces were in shadow. In Lightroom, I adjusted the exposure of their faces in the RAW image, but the background was washed out and, to my eye at least, overpowered the three women.

Original versions of the problem shot

 

Enfuse to the rescue. Enfuse is a Lightroom plug-in from Timothy Armes that blends multiple images taken at different exposures into one image to increase the dynamic range, often giving a more natural look than HDR. Alternatively, Enfuse will blend different exposures of the same image. In Lightroom, I handed off the images above into the LR/Enfuse plug-in and, voilá (or, as a colleague once proclaimed in all seriousness, "Viola!") 

Final image20061123-142422CRW_6639_enfuse A bit of dodging using the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom's Develop Module and this group portrait was complete. Yes, it still looks as though the photographer didn't know what he was doing, but we have a nice portrait with exposure on the skin nearly balanced with the background. LR/Enfuse is donation ware. A small contribution unlocks the full magic of this remarkable plug-in. 

 


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