TGrundvig wrote in post #11967353
Not sure what you are reading, but flash in NOT necessary for HDR. If you cover the entire DR with your frames then what is the point of the flash? Now, if you want to do things like MK does, then yes, you need a flash. There have been a few times I have used a flash but it was for pulling out shadows. I will fire off the flash in different directions for multiple frames. Then, I blend those images into one 'Flash Blend'. I use that as a layer in PS to help pull out shadows.
I know of guys that say HDR is not possible with out a flash, this isn't so. Just look at my shots, do they not have well lit interiors and window views? Well, I did it without a flash. It is all in how you blend the images. I like Enfuse, personally. If the DR is really high then I make multiple blends...one for the window view, one for the interior, and one for the entire AEB set. Then I blend those together in layers and I never needed a flash. I can use layer masks to pull out shadows rather quickly.
As for lens, I still suggest the Tokina 12-24 to everyone using a crop sensor. I love that lens and it has done an excellent job for me over the years. One of these days I will upgrade it to the new version but I'm in no hurry. I like the fact I can zoom in if I need to in order to get a better composition. I know there are some die-hard fans of primes, but using a prime means you have to move the tripod around even more or spend more time in PP cropping to the best composition. It is a lot easier to just zoom in a tad, shoot, move to next shot.
pretty much agreed 100%. i'm now doing all my blending manually in photoshop via masks, as i just began to detest PM's lack of control.
i'm bracketing seven shots, one stop apart, then creating a scene lit entirely with flash with multiple stobes/modifiers, and then blending that all by hand, usually 2 or 3 of the ambient exposures blended with the flash scene to get what i want. i find that gets the most natural result in terms of color and light quality, but it's also very time consuming. so it all depends on your business model. i can't really shoot more than two homes a week without getting overworked, whereas someone else (like TG above) shoots many more a week and needs to be quick.