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Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography (Lark Photography) [Paperback]

Ferrell McCollough
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1 July 2008 Lark Photography
Its the latest and hottest technique, made possible only through digital. High Dynamic Range photography is the process of taking several pictures of a scene at various exposures, then merging them into one file. So the entire photograph can look crisp and detailed, from highlights to midtones to shadows - and photographers neednt sacrifice any part of their image. And the best way to master this exciting technology is with this thorough, easy-to-follow, and visually spectacular guide. No other title does justice to these cutting-edge techniques, which actually take the viewer into worlds far beyond normal photography - sometimes even beyond normal human perception. Ferrell McCollough, a widely respected photographer, pushes the boundaries and inspires others to pursue their artistic vision, too. The amazing results simply cant be achieved any other way.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lark; 1 edition (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600591965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600591969
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.7 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Guide To HDR 14 Jan 2009
The "Complete Guide To High Dynamic Range Digital Photography" written by Ferrell McCollough, is an illustrated guide to creating perfectly exposed HDR photographs.

For those that are unfamiliar with the term HDR, the book provides a brief but exacting explanation, it says that "HDR refers to the process of taking several pictures of a scene at various exposure levels, then merging the images into one file to maximize the dynamic range of the captured scene." This would mean you'll end result would be a photograph without shadows, washed out skies, or blown highlights.

HDR photography is becoming increasing popular, and this book is fantastic method for beginners to learn the new technique. Even if your a practiced photographer, but are just unfamiliar with HDR, the book will also be of use.

The book begins with a great overview of HDR photography and covers aspects such as HDR vs RAW, tone mapping, and how HDR helps to reduce noise. A section on equipment, controls and techniques follows. Also included is information on post processing, capturing great image sources, flash merging, architecture, and panoramas. I found the final chapter on "advanced image analysis" the most interesting. It covers something I've never considered before - HDR in black and white. as well as low light photography.

Most chapters end with examples from featured artists. There are some great HDR photographs in the book which show what the technique is really capable of and how it can be used.

The book isn't quite a complete guide. There is little information on the best way to print your HDR images. The absence of such data seems like an unusual thing to miss considering that printing your image is usually the end result.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HDR in a Nutshell 7 Aug 2008
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I am a very experienced photographer (35 years) and have 12 months experience with HDR. Ferrell McCollough's book is an excellent all round view of HDR and related techniques. This book would be an ideal book for an experienced digital photographer just starting in HDR. I found information which confirmed and extended my previous knowledge as well as some new and valuable additional information. I found the book easy to read end to end but it will remain on my shelf as a useful reference book.

The book is almost worth the cost just to see the superb HDR images let alone the wealth of information. This is excellent value.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Complete 9 July 2008
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This book gives a good, in depth explanation of the techniques involved in the creation of HDR images.
It's written in easy to follow terms with lots of really clear analogies, making it easier to understand the technical stuff.

However, the author completely misses out the last part of the equation, which is how to prepare your fab new pictures for the web and especially for print. There is no mention of the necessary CMYK conversion process that has to be involved in most printing.

Neither was there any mention of the camera, lense, aperture and shutter speed that most dedicated photographers like to be aware of when examining a photograph technically.

And finally, the author also fails to mention that, using any version of Photoshop with layers, these images can be created in a very simple way. Just layer the various exposures at varying opacities - 100%, 60%, 30%, etc and then apply a contrast curve to the result. So you don't need to rely on the software packages that are covered in the book. Although they're cheap enough, the resulting artifacts and oversaturation can easily overwhelm your image.

Is this book worth the money? You can learn all the ins and outs of HDR online for free, you can look at a zillion HDR images online for free, but if you really want to show people what you're talking about - the printed page does the trick. Which is why it's so annoying that printing is missed out completely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide into HDR 29 Dec 2008
As you're reading this I'm sure you're aware of the possibilities of HDR and what it can do. It's still a pretty new field that is changing rapidly as tools and techniques improve all the time.

The book offers a good start on your journey into the world of HDR imaging. It explains nicely the basic theory behind it and how it works. It then explains how to do it and what you need. It reviews various programs you can use to create your HDR images. Of course since the field of HDR is moving forward all the time, the applications might have improved and there might be new ones out there, but the basic ideas are still the same. And many of the techiques and ideas still work recardless of the software you use. Topics on panoramas, using flash, post processing etc.

And if nothing else, it does offer quite inspiring HDR images to motivate you to go out there and try things, because that's what HDR is still about - trying things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive photos! 20 April 2009
There are some very impressive photos, which should easily persuade you that HDR photography is worth investigating. All the major software packages are examined and their virtues compared. Workflows and ways of circumventing the problems associated with the technique are amply described.

The science behind the process remains a mystery and the operation of the software is largely intuitive, essentially involving moving the various sliders up and down until you get a result that you like. Consequently, the need for a book such as this might be questioned. However, on balance, I think that there is sufficient background and guidance to justify it. Also, as I say, the photos sell it on their own!

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5.0 out of 5 stars First timer
As someone new to this subject there were lots of good ideas, read once and then use as a reference
Published 1 month ago by Crookham
3.0 out of 5 stars HDR guide
Don't expect to learn too much with this book, On a plus, It does give you some ideas to try out but to be honest, learn as you go, find a course to enrol in.
Published 14 months ago by Gary Dellow
5.0 out of 5 stars HDR easily understood
This book is very cleverly put together. The information you need is presented concisely with plenty of illustrations from the author's catalogue. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Peter Warne
5.0 out of 5 stars HRD Covered
Came on time, of course!
A good book to start on the subject, covering enough theory and background for a beginner in this area.
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by BCB
3.0 out of 5 stars Beginners guide
Not a bad book, has plenty of information but I would say it's predominantly based around the beginner to HDR, if youve been doing HDR for some time already then there is little to... Read more
Published on 12 May 2011 by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Read
This book is a must for anyone remotely interested in HDR photography. The author has a great way of explaining things and revisits subjects throughout the book (if your anything... Read more
Published on 13 April 2011 by kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction into the world of HDR
So What is High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR) ?

According to Ferrell McCollough the author of this book, HDR is the process of taking several photographs of a scene at... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by Simon Bunting
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Having recently founded a camera club from scratch, one of our members gave a talk and presentation about HDR which was fascinating, particularly since it involves so much about... Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2010 by Michael Lever
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book
Having dabbled in HDR for a while, as with all things male, it was now time to admit to not knowing everything, and this book filled in the gaps in my knowledge as well as giving... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2009 by D. Mould
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful handbook!
I found this book to be very useful, teaching me not only the basics in the High Dynamic Range photography, but also tips and tricks of the most common HDR editing software. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2009 by Mihai Sandulescu
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