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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX; 2nd edition (16 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907579788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907579783
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...one of the best books available on the subject, and I intend to keep it in the small library of books next to my computer to which I regularly refer." -- Photofocus.com, Nov 8, 2009

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a technique that has seen huge popularity over the past 12 months. To get it right, there are basic photographic principles that need to be adhered to.
Combine these with some image-editing know-how, and you'll end up with dramatic, moody images that are rich in detail, colour and tone. That's exactly what this book is all about.
This book sets out to guide you through the entire workflow process, covering all three major software options: photoshop, Photomatix Pro and FDR Tools. It serves as a fantastic introduction to the subject, providing plenty of inspirational picture pages.

It kicks off with an explanation of the subject, followed by a detailed chapter on using your camera to achieve top quality start photos. Once you have these in the bag, the book shows you how to create various HDR styles.

Whether you prefer the extreme hyper-real HDR style or
something a little subtler, this book has it covered. The author pairs insightful advice and screengrabs, offering up deliciously rich images that leave you wanting to try it for yourself. This is a fantastic read and it will help
you explore HDR to the full. --Photoshop Creative Magazine, Issue 57 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Nightingale's Practical HDR has rapidly established itself as the number one book on this exciting subject. We've struggled to keep up with demand - the book is now on its third printing! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RJP the Book Boy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Feb. 2014
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This book introduces HDR and how to achieve it using just about any DSLR. There are plenty of examples and workshop walk throughs to help the beginner. Everything is well explained and easy to reproduce on your own camera.
The book has certainly got me thinking outside the box when I approach landscapes now and it has also made me want to go out in all weathers and do HDR photography.

For me the book has succeeded on two levels, firstly I understand how to get great HDR images and process them and secondly it has motivated me to go out and get them.

If you really want to explore HDR and are not sure where to start then this book is what you need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MAC on 2 Jan. 2015
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Ok, this book is a good starting point for HDR photography, but that's about it. In other reviews a few people complain that it does not discuss the use of more HDR software programs (only about 5 of the most used HDR programs are discussed like Photomatix, Photoshop, HDR Express/Efex Pro, but I don’t agree. As it is many pages are of no use since it is likely that the reader is using only one piece of HDR software, so it is actually quite quick to read the book cover to cover since you skip those using the other software programs. However, if you have decided on the software you wish to use at least this book will help you decide by discussing very briefly the pros and cons of each option. I would rather purchase a book that concentrates on one piece of software alone. I also would have preferred a bigger section on the different variety of photos you can get with HDR photography, maybe more of an overview of its artistic merits. So, all in all it’s a decent starting point but doesn’t go into much detail. I would also be aware that the software is changing all of the time, so it will not be referring to the most up to date versions – and with things changing so rapidly this might be a problem until the book is revised and up dated.
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A very well presented book which will give you a good grounding in the theory behind HDR and also offers great tips for improving images post production in Photoshop there are lots of illustrations along the way that will show you how to construct bracketed sets of photographs and how to process them in various HDR software to bring out the best in them. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would like to improve on their HDR skills.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cheetah Racing on 4 Jun. 2013
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The majority of the book discusses 6 different types of HDR software. As I only have 1 of those programs, the bulk of the information did not apply to me. Take away the demo photos you're left with maybe 5 or 6 pages of information.

Don't get me wrong - The information DID help me. It's good stuff and I learned a bit. Just not as much as I had expected to.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin Beecroft on 20 Jun. 2012
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Never tried High Dynamic Range photography before?

Seen some High Dynamic Range images and wondered how they do it?

This is a great introduction to the fascinating world of creating HDR images. Easy to follow, simple instructions and a guide to some of the more popular HDR Software packages. It must be good because even I am now producing quite reasonable HDR images. Be aware though, once bitten you'll want to just keep doing it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. McGuire on 15 Feb. 2013
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Overall good layout and read well but concentrated on specific HDR software (ie Photomatix, Photoshop, HDR Express/Efex Pro, Oloneo) which, if you intend buying that software is helpful, but it would have helped more if some of the other programmes available in the market had also had a mention
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Gary E Ingram on 30 Dec. 2013
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great book taut me loads on how to do HDR Work. If I new someone who wanted to do HDR I would highly recommend this fantastic book.
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By Riven on 18 Nov. 2013
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I am finally getting to grips with how to use my HDR software. This book explains things very well for a beginner such as myself although other reviews say you should follow this book up with others. I don't know what other publications are able to add but this is a great way to start.
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