Real Estate Photography Tips | | HDR with Photomatix and Lightroom
In this video tutorial I share my workflow process between Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and HDRSoft Photomatix when editing real estate photography shoots. Enfusing bracketed shots results in a more natural photo for interiors compared to traditional HDR and tonemapping, and Photomatix does a great job at maintaining some detail in the highlights (especially for window exposures).
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hey everybody this is Lance at tips for real estate photography comm and today I'm going to share some information about processing interiors for real estate photography utilizing a piece of software called photomatix photomatix is great for HDR photos and it's a great way to process interiors for real estate photography quickly and efficiently with some decent results now the main focus of this tutorial is going to be to show the workflow with photomatix and Lightroom I'm not going to be spending a whole lot of time on going through the different presets and settings that I'm using in each piece of software however I will put screenshots and further info on my blog regarding what settings I actually use so please after the video go to the blog to get all of the specific information now there are a couple of other things that you can find either on my blog or my youtube channel such as file management so if you need to figure out how to organize your photo shoots please go through my blog and look up some file management stuff and also you can look up my Infuse tutorial which shows how I process interior photos with the program in fuse and utilizing a plugin directly in Lightroom but today let's talk about photomatix the first thing we're going to do is we're going to open up Lightroom and we're going to create a new catalog for our photo shoot and we are going to import our photos so we're going to go to import we're going to find our photos in whatever folder we put them in and we are going to click on develop settings go to user presets and select auto lens profile all this is doing is it is setting the profile of the lens so when we import the photos it automatically adjusts a couple of minor things for each photo based off the lens and camera that we're using this is completely automatic through Lightroom and that auto lens profile develop setting can be created by you before you import things so then it will show up here under develop settings like I have selected four metadata I select uep because that is the copyright information and my name and my company that I apply to all my photos so it just makes it quick to be able to do this on import go ahead and click import and the main thing that we're going to do by bringing the photos into Lightroom before we put them into photomatix is we are actually going to correct the white balance of all of our bracketing shots so let's go through each bracketing shot and I'm only going to go through a couple just so we can see here on what we're doing but we're going to go ahead and select our brightest image and hold shift and click on our darkest image so we have all of them selected for that particular bracket click on the develop module and once that pops up we are going to change the white balance so I'm actually going to select the second X second highest exposure here in my bracketed list just so it's a little bit darker and then I'm going to click on the wand tool to select a particular white balance and I'm going to find something that I know is going to be neutral or white in the photo and I'm going to click it and then based off of adjust my eye I'm going to make any minor adjustments that I think I might need to make just that I want to do I do have my monitor calibrated so I'm relying on my visuals to make any adjustments that I see necessary make sure when you do this you have this button down in the bottom left or excuse me the bottom right selected that is called Auto sync if you don't have that selected if it just says sync the adjustments that you make will not be applied to all of the bracketed images that you have selected so go ahead and make sure you flip that switch so it shows auto sync so then whenever you make an adjustment is going to cascade throughout go ahead and go through all of your bracketed image images to make the particular white balance adjustments that you need to make this is also a good time to make any specific color changes for specific parts of an image for instance if you have a bathroom showing that has a different color temperature than the bedroom it's a good time to go ahead and use the adjustment brush to go ahead and and fill in that particular area with the correct white balance instead of relying on doing that to the completed blended image outside of air after we've run it through photomatix we want to get the colors right as close as possible before we blend everything together to get the most optimal result one other thing you can potentially do at this step is make any small cloning decisions that you need so for instance if you have a spot on the wall for instance if you have some lens dust or some sensor dust and you have a spot on one of your images that you know shouldn't be there you can go ahead and remove those at this time but any big items like removing yourself from mirrors and bathrooms I would wait until after we've run them through photomatix before you go ahead and make those adjustments we'll do those in Photoshop later I'm going to go through here and adjust all the white balance for all the rest of my bracketed shots and I'll catch back up with you shortly okay so once you have all your white balance adjustments made we are going to select all of our photos in our library and we are going to export so we're going to go to file export and we are going to export full JPEGs of these particular images and we are going to put them in a subfolder and I'm going to label it full jpg I for interior I'm going to choose a location to be inside of the library directory that we selected and my custom file naming settings are just going to be numbered from one until whenever however many photos we have our image format is jpg our quality is going to be a hundred percent and I'm not going to resize or sharpen any of the photos and I'm going to click export this is probably going to be the longest part of the ss other than adjusting the white balance once we get into phonon photomatix we'll see that that actually goes really quick okay once the export is complete we are going to go ahead and open up photomatix Pro and we're actually going to click on up at the top click on automate and batch bracketed photos and that will bring up this window right here now for preset we're going to use uep interior which is a preset I made that I'm going to be applying to all of these bracketed photos that we are going to bunch together or batch together with photomatix I will place the specific settings of that preset on the blog so make sure to go check it out because that's a really important step to this process to make sure you have it set right and that it's going to process how you want for real-estate interior photos down underneath where it says process 3 images at a time if you take seven bracketed shots or five or however many you take and you take those steps same amount a number for every single shot then go ahead and select whatever value that is in this particular box otherwise I would suggest clicking on advanced selection and going to options and then where it says bracket sets may have an even number of frames select that and then choose your range of how many bracketed shots you think you might have so I would normally choose between three and seven and that will cover for those times that I might take seven shots but I delete one for whatever reason so then if there are six for instance it will pick it up so we're going to select okay and then we're going to choose our source folder so we're going to go to our folder that we exported all of our JPEGs to full jpg I click select and then we're going to hop over to the right and we're going to select a custom location so we're going to select choose location and by default it's going to put you inside of your full jpg eye directory so we're going to back out of that and then we're going to create a new folder and just label it edit it because these are going to be the pictures that are have been processed through photomatix you can leave everything else the same and you don't need to go into naming resizing and finishing you can just leave that all at default and select run and we'll see here that it's going to load up our various bracketed sets and process them each one is only going to take maybe about 10 seconds or so it's actually really really quick so we will see you over here and we'll go over importing into Lightroom once they're all done being processed with photomatix here in a second once photomatix is finished processing the bracketed shots we're going to import them into Lightroom and make our final adjustments you have to remember that when photomatix processes the pictures they're coming up with a baseline that is going to be a general accepted I guess edit of the picture it's normally for my taste it's extremely dark and it doesn't look good but once we import them into Lightroom we can make the adjustments that we need to get it to where we want it to be so we're going to go back to import and we are going to find our edited directory of where photos are after photomatix was done making adjustments to them and we are going to import using a user preset called photomatix interior and again i will go through and show on my blog the exact settings and stuff that I have made to make this particular develop setting work correctly and fits to my taste you'll be able to make adjustments to your taste depending on what you want your final result to look like so I'm going to click import and instead of selecting previous import up here I'm just going to go ahead and click on edited down below some in my edit folder if we look at this on on the screen we can see here that it's a pretty decent result and let's go ahead and go over to the develop module so you can see a little bit about what was done upon the import with that photomatix interior preset we can see here that our exposure was increased by 1.20 quite a bit increase the contra asked just a tad I took away a lot of highlights and added quite a bit of shadows and I added some clarity you'll notice that the exposure is really high because like I said earlier when photomatix gets done with the picture it's going to look really dark we can go ahead and click on reset so you can see what it comes out from directly from photomatix so this is what it looks like so now if we go back to our particular preset and we apply it we can see the difference on on what we've done now I usually boost up the contrast just a little bit more and just make any adjustments that I see that I might need to make whether it's with white balance and adjusting the color temperature I don't like in this particular shot how much blue there is that seems to always be a problem with blending shots together using software like infusing photomatix so this particular room doesn't have any blue in it so I'm just going to go ahead and go to saturation and drop my blue down just so it's not as striking when I look at this image otherwise it looks pretty good to my taste so again you'll have to go through and and create your own preset that's going to guide you into the right result that you want to deliver to your clients it may look like something you see on the screen right now that I would deliver and it may not and that's perfectly fine that's the that's one of the powerful things about being a photographer is at this stage you can do whatever you want to enhance your photo to make it match your style and the type of product that you want to deliver to your client now as a bonus photomatix was generous enough to provide me with a 15% off coupon that I get to share with you for when you purchase photomatix photomatix is I believe photomatix Pro is 99 bucks extremely worth it this if you're doing real estate photography one real estate photography shoot should be more than what the cost is of photomatix so it's a no-brainer to purchase it if it's something that's going to help out your business and help you get the result that you need for your real estate agent clients and i would love to share the 15% off with you so head on over to the blog read more about all the details about the settings the different presets see all the screenshots and make sure you look for that 15% off code so when you go ahead and purchase photomatix you can get it for cheaper than I did hope this was helpful to you and make sure again you go over and check out the blog at tips for real estate photography com take care