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The HDR Book: Unlocking the Pros' Hottest Post-Processing Techniques

The HDR Book: Unlocking the Pros' Hottest Post-Processing Techniques [Kindle Edition]

Rafael Concepcion
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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.

About the Author

Rafael “RC” Concepcion is an education and curriculum developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and the co-host of the D-Town TV videocast for DSLR shooters. An Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, RC has more than 14 years in the IT and e-commerce industries, and spends his days developing content for all applications in the Adobe Creative Suite at Kelby Media Group. RC also writes columns for Photoshop User magazine and recently became a best-selling author with his debut book, Get Your Photography on the Web.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12843 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (1 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055OD9WC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great for experienced HDR photographers 10 Jun 2012
I'm a big fan of RC Conception's work and his willingness to help other photographers, but I was really disappointed by this book. My main complaint is that the book much in the way of information and inspiration for anyone who already understands the basics of HDR.

The book essentially consists of a couple of initial chapters covering i) what HDR is; ii) what type of photos it is good for (sadly this is basically a list of ten items with pictures by them); and iii) how the three different pieces of HDR software RC uses - Photomatix, Nik HDR Efex Pro and Photoshop - work. The remaining 9 or so chapters show different HDR pictures(one per chapter) and how to create them with each piece of Software and a few finishing touches.

A first point here, if like most people you only use one of the pieces of software for HDR, half of this book is basically wasted on you since you can easily skip over the stuff on other software.

The bigger problem for me was that the mechanics of the software is fairly obvious (if it's not, then check out online tutorials) so 9 examples how to position the various sliders for the software wasn't useful. Beyond that the adjustments RC detailed were fairly simplistic - selectively changing white balance and adding glow.

So, my advice is to think carefully before buying this book - are you basically happy with your HDR technique and just seeking inspiration and new techniques to polish those images? If so, maybe this isn't for you.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what HDR has been waiting for!!! 19 July 2011
I guess it's fair to say that there are few topics in Photography that cause as much of a reaction, be it good or bad, than HDR...people either love it or loathe it!

I guess it's also fair to say that most people's exposure (excuse the pun) to HDR would have been the highly overprocessed, surrealistic, fantasy look with masses of detail, dark clouds and saturated colours. However, there's so much more on offer than that, as this new book by Photographer, Photoshop Guru and all round `Go To Guy' RC Concepcion shows...

As you would expect the book starts off by covering the photography side of things with regards to what it takes to capture images for making a HDR image; camera settings, number of exposures, equipment and so on and then moves on to discuss what kind of images should be considered for HDR.

Like most things, when we discover and start dabbling in a new technique there can be a tendency to use it on everything and HDR especially is one of those techniques that needs to be handled with `kid gloves' and used wisely as it definitely won't suit everything. RC does a great job of discussing where it can be appropriately used; sure it's not a definitive list but through his obvious experience of HDR he clearly has a pretty good idea where and where not to use it.

Where I think this book is set to be a winner though is not how it covers the `capture' side of the HDR but in covering the post-processing side of things; let me explain...

There's no question that HDR is an extremely useful technique to have in your photography `tool bag' allowing full detail in the shadow and highlight areas across an entire image but if that's the case why has it attracted such vocal reactions against it in the past? ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sooo useful! 26 Jan 2012
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Fantastic! I love HDR so long as it's not overdone and have been using another HDR book in the past that was OK but this one really hits the mark. It takes an ordinary HDR image and shows you how to turn it into a great HDR image in easy to follow stages. Thank you, R.C. You have written a book that should be essential reading for everyone interested in taking their HDR images up to HDR masterpices! Buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enhancing Photographs 21 Aug 2011
This is a book about a niche photographic process which produces some astonishing results. At the end of the day it is a matter of taste, personally I do not like some of the more extreme photos.
Taking the bracketed shot is dealt with briefly but before buying the book you need to check how easily your camera will take the three shots needed. What is good about the book is that there is in depth information on how to use different programmes, not just Photoshop. I found it very useful, it certainly cleared up some of the practical problems I had experienced. However, you need to be serious about taking HDR otherwise it is a waste of money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 6 Oct 2012
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This was bought as a present so I cannot comment personally on it, especially as it is a technical book on a subject I know nothing about, but my son,for whom it was bought, has said that he has found it very helpful and has very much enjoyed it. He does a lot of post processing on his photos to get different effects and he says it is a very good book.
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