I would like to start a discussion about lighting real estate interiors. I photograph several houses a week using a variety of lighting techniques. I spend about 1-1.5 hours on site and about twice that in post for each house. That's a balance of time I am comfortable with because I often have a client or home owner waiting on me while in a house and I enjoy PP so I would rather gather as much good, unaltered image data as I can on site and put it together in post - adapting Ansel Adams adage about the negative being the score and the print the performance to the digital age.
That said, I use Exposure Fusion and HDR rather interchangeably - although I prefer EF to HDR, balanced ambient and flash, and single exposures where possible.
Of these three I find EF-HDR to be best at attractively blending natural light and it is especially good at lighting several rooms at once. Because I try to show the various rooms in their context with other rooms, being able to light foreground, middleground, and background naturally is important to my work. The drawback of EF - HDR is the slight softness (especially HDR but rarely EF), and the battle to get good color across and entire set-up. Here are a couple of HDR shots from a house I shot this week.
More on the next post.