When it comes to HDR, only three key ingredients are needed: hardware, software, and post-processing technique. Hardware is simple—there are only a few things you need to set up and shoot an HDR series. Software is vastly improved, making it easier for anyone to create an HDR image. The hard part is the post-processing technique. There are only two options: hours and hours of experimentation or The HDR Book.
Featuring real-world interviews with passionate HDR photographers, The HDR Book, by Rafael “RC” Concepcion, is more than a how-to and different from any other HDR book out there. While other books on HDR tend to lean toward the esoteric or formulaic, this book takes another approach. It's a complete and total HDR workshop that teaches you the one thing that most other books miss– once you've tone mapped your image with HDR software, you're still not finished.
Within the pages of this book, you'll find 10 projects shot with everything from a point-and-shoot to a 37-megapixel, medium-format camera. The projects are designed to show you how the subtle differences in each scenario (lighting, subject, environment, etc.) dictate the post-processing needed to achieve one of the many final looks covered. You'll learn not only the different tone map settings RC used, but you’ll also learn the final steps taken in Photoshop to complete each image. Then, you'll recreate these looks your self using the exact same RAW files that RC used! Plus, you get four bonus images to play with and create your own look. The end result: a more intrinsic understanding of the nuances of HDR that will help you create the images you’ve always wanted.
Best of all, The HDR Book is written using the three top HDR processing programs in the industry today: Photoshop’s HDR Pro, Photomatix Pro, and HDR Efex Pro. No matter which program you use, you'll be able to follow along and create your own stunning looks in no time.
Chapter 1: The Gear
Chapter 2: Looking for HDR Images
Chapter 3: Processing an HDR Image in Photoshop HDR
Profile: Michael Steighner - MDS Images
Chapter 4: Processing an HDR in Photomatix HDR
Profile: Trey Ratcliff - Stuck In Customs
Chapter 5: Processing an HDR image in Nik HDR Efex Pro
Chapter 6: Processing Stitched Panoramas in HDR HDR
Profile: Moose Peterson - Natural and Aviation HDR
Chapter 7: Cleaning up the HDR in Photoshop HDR
Profile - Brian Mataiash - Urban Decay
Chapter 8: Photoshop Tips and Tricks in HDR
Chapter 9: Using Filters and Plugins
Chapter 10: People in HDR HDR
Profile - ImageWizards - Roger - Printing the HDR
Chapter 11: Black and White HDR
Appendix: List of Resources, tools, and discount codes